WEST HOLLYWOOD — Ready to have a gay old time?
This weekend is the 48th annual LA Pride. It’s time to say it loud and say it proud.
Here’s what you need to know about the festival and parade. This year’s theme is JustBe.
We also have information below regarding after hours and circuit parties.
Want to learn how organizers of the first LA Pride Parade overcame hostility and discrimination from Los Angeles police? Here’s a queer history lesson with Jewels.
Before we get to the festivities, a couple of events are happening.
The Dyke March will take place in West Hollywood.
The LA Pride Festival will take place noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday at West Hollywood Park and the Pacific Design Center on San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
General admission advance tickets, available online or at the gate, are $30 each day or $40 for a weekend pass. Tickets for active military personnel and veterans, seniors, and people with disabilities are $15 and available only at the boxoffice.
The 1.5 mile parade will step off at 11 a.m. at Crescent Heights Boulevard and march west along Santa Monica Boulevard to La Peer Drive. About 150,000 spectators are expected to watch the parade. Transgender businesswoman Michaela Mendelsohn is the grand marshal.
Looking for circuit parties, pool parties, and after hours with rump-shaking house music? We’ve compiled a list of them.
The following items are not allowed inside the festival:
- Roller-skates or rollerblades, skateboards, and hoverboards
- Bikes or scooters
- Outside beverage or food
- Carts, tents, and chairs of any kind
- Glass containers
- Sharpies, markers, paint pens
- Selfie sticks
- Beach balls and inflatables
- Weapons of any kind, including toy guns or water guns
- Pets, except service dogs
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
- Professional photography equipment
- Video equipment
- Unauthorized or unlicensed vendors
- Unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling or giveaways
STREET, FACILITY CLOSURES
- West Hollywood Park, including the dog parks, will be closed from 6 a.m. today to 6 p.m. June 13
- West Hollywood Pool will be closed from 5 a.m. today to 6 a.m. June 18
- West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 p.m. Thursday to 11 a.m. on Monday
- San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. Thursday to 10 a.m. Monday
- Holloway Drive will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Hacienda Place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday
- Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between Robertson and La Cienega boulevards from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Friday
- Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- Crescent Heights Boulevard will be closed from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- Norton Avenue will be closed between Havenhurst Drive and Laurel Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
- Holloway Drive will be closed between Santa Monica and La Cienega boulevards from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
The City of West Hollywood will not enforce permit parking for LA Pride weekend from 4 p.m. Friday to noon Monday. But, all metered parking will be enforced.
Public Parking will be available at the following locations for $20 on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday Parking Locations:
- Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.
- Hancock Parking Structure, 901 Hancock Ave.
- Palm Lot, 815 Palm Ave. ($1.50 per hour)
Sunday Parking Locations:
- La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot, 1043 La Jolla Ave.
- Orange Grove Lot, 1114 N. Orange Grove Ave.
- Spaulding Lot, 7718 Santa Monica Blvd.
- Queens Lot, 8459 Sunset Blvd.
- Sunset City Lot, 8775 Sunset Blvd.
- Pacific Design Center, 8687 Melrose Ave.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) has several bus lines that connect to the City of West Hollywood, including: 4/704, 10, 30/330, 105/705, 212/312, 217, and 218. For more information, www.metro.net. Metro will post service advisories regarding route changes for Pride weekend at www.metro.net/service/advisories.