Los Angeles Gay Pride — June 7-9, 2013
California Gay Prides are a crazy mix. San Francisco blends parties with politics, Long Beach offers a beachside vibe with pretty boys and urban cholos, and San Diego features casual California coolness in a semi-conservative military setting.
But when it comes to glittery goodness, activism with abs, entertainment with energy, bears and booty boys alongside lovely lipstick lesbians, there's no other Gay Pride like Los Angeles.
The 2013 event happens June 7-9 in the heart of West Hollywood and includes numerous civic activities and rallies, the annual Dyke March, as well as Sunday's parade and epic street festival.
Check out all of the hot happenings below.
FRIDAY - DYKE MARCH & RALLY
Celebrate the lesbian community at the Dyke March, which moves down the boulevard before returning to the LA Pride Festival grounds for a free after-party with refreshments and music from a bevy of fantastic female talent.
Friday, June 7
7:30 PM start time
Intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and San Vicente Blvd. in West Hollywood
SATURDAY & SUNDAY FESTIVAL
Saturday 12:00 Noon – 12:00 Midnight
Sunday 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
$20 per day
Held in the newly renovated West Hollywood Park, the festival is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. There are numerous dance tents covering everything from circuit music and Country Western to Latino and urban sounds. Erotic City educates and excites the 18+ crowd in the world of leather and kink. There are also numerous exhibitors, food and drink vendors, tons of super sexy shirtless guys, and thousands of cool people to meet.
Click here for the 2013 festival map.
The LA Pride main stage line-up never disappoints, and this year is no exception! Headline performances are scheduled for R&B star Ciara, Chiddy Bang, '80s icons The Pointer Sisters, and dance floor diva Kat Deluna. Multiple areas with diverse music formats include the Latino Carnival, Country Pavilion, Momentum, PRIDE Lounge, and Bill's Café.
Click here for the most up-to-date entertainment schedule.
SUNDAY PRIDE PARADE
START TIME - 11:00 AM
More than 400,000 participants, spectators and marchers attend this emotionally charged experience down Santa Monica Blvd. This year the Community Grand Marshall is The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, and the Celebrity Grand Marshall is Extra TV Host, Maria Menounos. Honorees include Person of the Year, U.S. Congressman Mark Takano, and Super Bowl champ Brendon Ayanbadejo, who will receive the George Moscone Ally Award.
Click here to view the official parade route map.
Permit parking in West Hollywood is removed from 7:00 AM Saturday to 7:00 AM Monday. The city suggests parking East of Fairfax, at the Pacific Design Center, the Kings Road parking structure on Santa Monica Blvd. (enter on Kings Road from Fountain), and at the Beverly Center. NOTE: Illegally parked vehicles will be towed.
Can't make it to LA Pride? Watch it starting at 10:30 AM, Sunday, June 9 on West Hollywood Channel 10 or LAPRIDE.org/webcast.
Traffic will be closed on Santa Monica Blvd. between Fairfax Ave. and Doheny Dr. starting at 6:00 AM on Sunday, June 9. Santa Monica Blvd. will re-open immediately at the end of the end of the parade, which may be as late as 4:00 PM.
As you're gearing up for this year's LA Pride event, be sure to check out the hot action captured in our 2012 galleries.