Venice Pride 2022 to kick off Pride Month in LA

Venice Pride 2022

Venice Pride flies the world’s largest rainbow pride flag at Windward Plaza during the 2018 event. Photo: Adam Fossier

Venice Pride 2022 will kick off Pride Month in Los Angeles, and, for the first time, the celebration will have a parade along the world famous Venice Beach Boardwalk.

The Venice Pride 2022 festivities will take place from June 3 to 5 and also have a two-day festival at Windward Plaza and a nightly Global Rainbow installation.

“Venice Pride began as a grassroots effort to create new opportunities for social connection among LGBTQ Angelenos on the Westside and beyond,” Grant Turck, Venice Pride’s executive director, said in a statement. “We’ve witnessed a beautiful revitalization of our community over the last five years. As we come out of COVID, we’re bursting with excitement to celebrate again with everyone in triumphant ways this June.”

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Venice Pride has celebrated the first weekend in June since launching in 2016. This year will mark Venice Pride’s fifth annual celebration in L.A.’s coastal region following a two-year COVID-19 hiatus.

Venice Pride 2022 festivities will begin with the L.A. premiere of Yvette Mattern’s laser light art installation Global Rainbow June 3. The installation, which has appeared all over the world, will paint the night sky with seven lines of color representing the rainbow color spectrum. It will be visible from Venice to Malibu through June 5.

Venice Pride Festival at Windward Plaza will feature a community stage and vendor booths open to all ages. It will be open from noon to 10 p.m June 4 and 5. 

Festival tickets will be $10 per day and go on-sale online March 8 at noon.

The inaugural Venice Pride Parade along Ocean Front Walk will step off June 5 at 11 a.m. from Rose Avenue and march to Windward Avenue.

Gaywatch, a popular monthly queer dance party in Venice, will offer adults 21 and over their own space within the festival.

Professional or emerging LGBTQ+ performers interested in performing at the Venice Pride Festival should apply online.

Festival vendor and parade registration is open online.

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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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