Palm Springs Pride — Everything you need to know

Palm Springs Pride

Revelers attend the 2016 Palm Springs Pride Festival. Photo: Palm Springs Pride Facebook.

It’s still time for Gay Pride.

More than 100,000 people are expected to visit the desert and attend Palm Springs Pride. The events and festivities take place from Thursday to Sunday throughout the city.

Palm Springs has celebrated Gay Pride since 1986 when it was called Sizzle, a variety show with local entertainment.

More than 30 years later, the party and fight for equality and visibility has grown to a parade, marches, and street parties.

Here’s everything you need to know about Greater Palm Springs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride.


March Against Hate, Violence

What: George Zander was an LGBT activist and the victim of a hate crime when he and his husband were attacked in 2015. Six weeks later, Zander died, though an autopsy showed his death was from unrelated, natural causes.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Begins at Grand Central, 160 La Plaza and will move through downtown Palm Springs

Palm Springs Pride

This flagger had a gay old time at the 2016 Greater Palm Springs Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Parade. Photo: Palm Springs Pride.


Pride Pool Party

When: Noon – 6 p.m.

Where: Hotel Zoso

Tickets: $15 advance, $20 at the door.

‘Shower of Stoles Project’

What: A traveling, national tribute to religious leaders who have lost their jobs because they are  gay. Organizers hope the project brings awareness and acceptance of LGBTQ members in religious spaces.

When: 6 p.m.

Where: Temple Isaiah

Admission: Free

‘Double Time’ musical revue

What: Ensemble cast performs a variety of duets, show tunes, and songs.

When: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. performance today and Saturday

Where: Pearl McManus Theatre at the Palm Spring’s Women’s Club

Admission: $40, includes wine and hors d’oeuvres. Saturday performance is $30.

Spirit of Stonewall

What: An outdoor street party to honor people who work for equal rights in the LGBTQ community.

When: 6- 11 p.m.

Where: Arenas Road between Indian Canyon Drive and South Calle Encilia.

Admission: Free


Palm Springs Run, 5K Walk

What: Proceeds will benefit the LGBT Community Center of the Desert.

When: 8 a.m.

Where: Starts on West Chino Drive at Belardo Road and continues through the Las Palmas neighborhood.

Tickets: $40

Pride Festival

When: 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. today, 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday

Where: Downtown Park, between Palm Canyon Drive and Museum Drive.

Admission: Free, donations accepted to keep the festival free

DJ Xavier Alvarado

Xavier Alvarado will be the headlining DJ at the DILF leather circuit party Saturday night. Photo: DILF

Leather Circuit Party

What: DILF men’s underwear and jock party with Mexico City DJ Xavier Alvarado spinning house and tribal beats.

When: 8 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Where: The Barracks Bar in Cathedral City

Admission: $15-$25


Pride Brunch

What: Pre-parade brunch and 25 percent of all the proceeds will be donated to Palm Springs Pride.

When: 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Where: Eight4Nine restaurant

Pride Parade

When: 10 a.m.- noon

Where: Steps off at  Tachevah Drive and Palm Canyon Drive and travels through downtown before ending at the Pride Festival entrance at Museum Way.

Pride Parade After Party

What: Music, food and drinks, and a drag show and all ticket proceeds will benefit the Desert AIDS Project.

When: Noon- 3 p.m.

Where: Hoodoo Lounge & Cocktail Garden

Admission: Register here

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