Downey Pride takes place Saturday, what you need to know

Downey Pride

Downey Pride, in its third year, will take place Saturday in downtown wth free admission and parking. It’s an all-ages, family-orientated festival. Photo: LPETTET/iStock

Downey Pride Festival returns Saturday with two stages of entertainment, a petting zoo, face painting, vendor booths, beer garden, a DJ, food trucks, and more than 40 vendors.

The festival will be an all-ages event and family-oriented event with a focus on LGBTQ+ youth, organizers said.

“Downey Pride recognizes the critical importance of supporting and empowering LGBTQIA+ youth, who often face unique challenges and vulnerabilities,” organizers said in a statement. “Tragically, suicide rates among LGBTQIA+ youth remain disproportionately high, underscoring the urgency of providing a supportive community that can help combat feelings of isolation and distress,” the statement said.

The festival will take place downtown on Downey Avenue between Second and Fourth streets from 3-10 p.m.

Admission is free.

Free parking will be available at 8201 Second St.

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Three people in the LGBTQ+ community will be recognized at the festival:

  • Rep. Robert Garcia
  • Lucas Hallare, a trans youth from Downey who was selected as the Downey Pride Prince for raising awareness about the issues faced by trans children
  • Mario Aguilar, a comedian and social media influencer who uses his platform to spread positivity and support for the LGBTQ+ community

The official after party will take place from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. at Muevelo inside Epic Lounge.

Muevelo Stage schedule

3 p.m.:  DJ Grecko

4 p.m.:  Warren High School dance team

4:20 p.m.: Thalia by Jessy Cruz

4:35 p.m.: Monica Naranjo by Angie Galan

4:50 p.m.: Selena by Vicky Chavarria

5:30 p.m.: Rep. Robert Garcia

6 p.m.: Zoey Luna, Downey Pride Princess 2021

6:15 p.m.: Dunka Shay Monroe, Downey Pride Princess 2022

6:30 p.m.: Lucas Hallare, Downey Pride Princess 2023

7 p.m.: Laura Leon by Angie Galan

7:15 p.m.: Karlo G by Jessy Cruz

7:30 p.m.: Beyonce by Vicky Chavarria

7:45 p.m.: Alejandra Guzman by Brenda Guzman

8:30 p.m.: Mario Aguilar, 2023 Downey Pride grand marshall

9 p.m.: Jenni Rivera by Gracie

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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