LA Pride 2019: Latin stage to have Cristian Castro, Amara La Negra

WEST HOLLYWOOD — Cristian Castro and Amara La Negra will be Latin stage headliners at LA Pride.

Castro will perform Saturday from 10 to 11 p.m., and La Negra will take the stage Sunday from 6 to 6:45 p.m.

They will be headlining the Plaza Stage, which will feature Latin rhythms as well as R&B and hip-hop music.

Cristian Castro

Castro, a Mexican pop singer, has released 14 studio albums and sold more than a million copies.

Castro, 44, is known for his romantic ballads. Some of his hits include “Alguna Vez” “Por Amarte Asi,” “Mi Vida Sin Tu Amor,” and “Volver a Amar.”

Since 2010, in addition to incessant touring in Latin America and the United States, Castro has almost exclusively devoted his recordings to tributes to his musical heroes and influences, including a 2018 tribute to Juan Gabriel.

LA Pride Festival

The LA Pride Festival will take place Saturday from noon to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noon to 11 p.m. at West Hollywood Park on San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue.

Individual, single day advance tickets are $30 plus $4.75 in service fees.

On Friday, pop singer and former “American Idol” judge Paula Abdul will perform outdoors in West Hollywood Park for the Festival’s opening day. Admission is free for everyone. The festival will be open from 6 p.m. to midnight. Abdul will perform outdoors from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Other entertainment headliners, such as Meghan Trainor and Years & Years, also have been announced.

Also, Pride on the Boulevard, a free, block party on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday will take place on Santa Monica Boulevard, from noon to 7 p.m.

The event will feature vendors, non-profit groups, beer gardens, and artists displaying their work.

LA Pride Parade

The LA Pride Parade will begin at 11 a.m. June 9 at Crescent Heights Boulevard and march west on Santa Monica Boulevard, ending at Robertson Boulevard.

Parade grand marshals and celebrity grand marshal Ryan O’Connell have been announced.

The history of the Pride Parade includes an enormous amount of hostility and hatred from the Los Angeles Police Department, who made numerous attempts to squash it.

Amara La Negra LA Pride

Amara La Negra will perform at LA Pride on Sunday. Photo: Courtesy image.

Amara La Negra

La Negra, 28, the breakout star last year from “Love & Hip Hop: Miami,” is black, Latina, and proud. She released her debut EP, “Unstoppable,” earlier this year. It combines energetic Caribbean beats and Latin sounds that will make listeners dance and cause a few fanny bumpers.

Other performers on the Plaza Stage will include Pabllo Vittar, Kodie Shane, Miss Vanjie, and The Selena Tribute Band.

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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