Catalina Pride coming to Catalina Island

Catalina Pride, Catalina Island

Avalon’s circular, art deco Catalina Casino is a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom, and museum. The island’s Catalina Pride will take place June 24. Photo: Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority

Catalina Pride will take place on Catalina Island next month.

The historic island had its first Pride festival last year.

The 2nd annual Catalina Pride will take place June 24 from noon to 10 p.m.

The opening ceremonies and Pride walk will kick off the festivities, followed by the main event at the Wrigley Stage in the center of Avalon. 

Noon-1:15 p.m. – Opening ceremonies and Pride Walk with DJ Asha

1:30-2 p.m. – Devan M.

2:05-2:15 p.m. – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention remarks

2:30-4:30 p.m. – DJ Asha

4:35-5:35 p.m. –  KingQueen

5:40-7:40 p.m. – DJ IZAC

7:45-9:45 p.m. – Pulp Vixen

Chi Chi Club after party

10-11 p.m. – DJ Izac

11 p.m.-1:30 am – DJ Jimmy Kennedy

Catalina Pride is organized by the Love Catalina Island Tourism Authority. It’s a 230-member nonprofit group that supports the island’s business community.

Catalina Island is located approximately 29 miles southwest of Long Beach. It was developed into a tourist destination by chewing gum magnate William Wrigley Jr. in the 1920s. In the 1930s and 40s, the island was a popular destination for Hollywood stars.

Before COVID-19, more than 1 million people traveled to Catalina Island every year.

Its total population is less than 4,100 people, 90% of whom live in the island’s only incorporated city, Avalon.

The island is known for its wildlife, dive sites, and Mount Orizaba, its highest peak.

Avalon’s circular, art deco Catalina Casino is a cultural center with a movie theater, ballroom, and museum.

Catalina Island has 25 lodging properties and 300 vacation rentals, including bed and breakfast inns, seaside condominiums,  bungalows, and hotels.

The island offers 33 restaurants, seaside bars, and an abundance of on-and off-water activities and amenities. It’s home to eight marine sanctuaries and the Catalina Island Conservancy with 48,000 acres of protected wilderness.

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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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