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LA Pride 2019: Paula Abdul to perform at festival

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Paula Abdul will give a free, 60-minute performance during the opening night of LA Pride. Photo: Bill Young Production.

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Paula Abdul will give a free, 60-minute performance during the opening night of LA Pride.

The pop singer will appear at West Hollywood Park June 7. Abdul will give an outdoor concert from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

“I am so happy to be a part of this year’s LA Pride Festival and to celebrate this year’s theme, #JustUnite,” the Grammy Award winner said in a statement earlier this week.

“Throughout the course of my career, the LGBTQ+ community has stood behind me, and I’m honored to now have the opportunity to show my support and gratitude by performing at this year’s opening ceremony,” Abdul, a former “American Idol” judge, said.

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The night’s festivities also will include welcoming remarks from various community leaders and activists, a WeHo Vogue Ball and Drag Show, and local DJs.

The LA Pride Festival also will take place June 8 and 9 in West Hollywood Park and along Santa Monica Boulevard. While the June 7 event is free for everyone, tickets are required for the other two days.

The LA Pride Parade will happen June 9.

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Abdul, 56, wowed audiences Wednesday with a high-energy performance at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas. The pop singer sang  a medley of her biggest hits, including her 1988 No. 1 “Straight Up,” her breakthrough smash “(It’s Just) The Way That You Love Me,” as well as chart-toppers “Opposites Attract,” “Cold Hearted” and “Forever Your Girl.”

Abdul received a standing ovation from the audience at the end of the performance, which saw her doing everything from tap-dancing to leaping into the waiting arms of her dancers.

It’s been 30 years since Abdul hit No. 1 with four tracks from her debut album “Forever Your Girl,” which spent more than a year on the Billboard charts.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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