This year marks the 48th annual Pride Parade in West Hollywood. The parade will begin at 11 a.m. on Sunday on Santa Monica Boulevard between Fairfax and Doheny. It is free and open to the public.
Last year’s Pride Parade was replaced by a #Resist March, but this year’s event is scheduled to “be back and better than ever,” according to Shayne Thomas, Christopher Street West Board of Directors, Marketing and Communications Lead. CSW is a nonprofit organization that focuses on LGBT issues and organizes LA Pride.
L.A Pride organizers suggest using public transportation, such as Metro Rapid 704 or local lines 2/302, 4, 30/330 or 105, or a ride-hailing service to get to Pride. There will be limited parking available at select lots for $20 per day.
The theme of this year’s parade is #JUSTBE.
“The LA Pride Parade is an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of LA’s LGBTQ+ community together. We’re asking everyone to #JUSTBE at LA Pride this year – meaning, come as you are and celebrate Pride in a way that’s most authentic to you. That’s really the true spirit of Pride,” Thomas said.
Michaela Mendelsohn, a transgender activist and CEO of Pollo West Corp. one of the largest franchises for El Pollo Loco, will be the 2018 Pride Parade Grand Marshal. She founded the California Transgender Workplace Program, which promotes transgender rights in the workplace. Mendelsohn was also the first transgender board member of the Trevor Project, a nonprofit that works with LGBT youth.
The Parade marks the end of the The LA Pride Festival, which will take place from noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday with headliners Kehlani and Tove Lo. The musical performances will take place at West Hollywood Park and the Pacific Design Center on San Vicente Boulevard between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard.
“For first time attendees, just enjoy. The Parade is an annual tradition that draws crowds from all across Los Angeles County and around the world. It’s a beautiful celebration of community,” Thomas said. “Be there to celebrate your LGBTQ+ friends, family, and colleagues. Be supportive. Be kind. Be caring. Be open-minded. If you’re an ally of the community, you probably already do this.”
Holloway Drive will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Hacienda Place on June 8 from 5 to 10 p.m.
Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between Robertson Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard on June 8 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. on Thursday through 10 a.m. on Monday, June 11.
Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
Crescent Heights Boulevard will be closed from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
Norton Avenue will be closed between Havenhurst Drive and Laurel Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.
Holloway Drive will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and La Cienega Boulevard from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 10.