Cathedral City LGBT Days is California’s first Pride event of 2022

Cathedral City LGBT Days

Ann Walker competes in the Cathedral City LGBT Days’ Bed Race, March 25, 2018. Photo: Platform Media Group.

Cathedral City LGBT Days will be California’s first Pride event of the year.

The three-day celebration will feature live performances by Lance Bass and the Pop 2000 Tour, the annual Bed Race and Parade, comedian Del Shores, artisan craft vendors, and local parties.

“Cathedral City LGBT Days is a time to recognize the strength in our diversity, appreciate our similarities, and stand united for the equal rights of all Americans,” Cathedral City’s LGBTQ Liaison and spokesperson Chris Parman said in a statement. Parman also helped launch the event in 2015.

“We honor the lives, history, and wonderful accomplishments the LGBTQ+ community has contributed in making Cathedral City one of the most gay-friendly cities in America.”

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Cathedral City LGBT Days will take place March 25-27 in the Coachella Valley and will adhere to state and local COVID-19 guidelines in place at the time of the event.

  • March 25

5-8 p.m.: Opening ceremony and party in Town Square Park

7 p.m.: Pride flag raising and lighting of City Hall

8 p.m.: Del Shores at CV Repertory Theatre

8 p.m. – 2 a.m.: Bar crawl along East Palm Canyon Drive, including The Roost, OneEleven, Barracks Bar, Trunks, and AMP Sports Lounge.

  • March 26

Doors at 5 p.m, concert at 7:30 p.m..: Pop 2000 Tour at the Cathedral City Community Amphitheater; hosted by Lance Bass and performances by Otown, Ryan Cabrera, and LFO. Food trucks and vendors will be on site. 

Special presentation at 7 p.m. to The Old Gays.

  • March 27

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Champagne brunch party at Town Square Park with gourmet food trucks.

10 a.m.: Bed Race and Parade in front of City Hall.

Thousands of spectators will watch teams running fabulously decorated beds down Avenue Lalo Guerrero.

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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