What You Need to Know About the Pride Parade

The event's traditional moment of silence at noon will be dedicated to members of the community killed in hate crimes.

The Pride Parade is coming.
The Pride Parade is coming.

The LA Pride Parade, celebrating the transgender, lesbian, gay and bisexual communities, will be held along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood Sunday, with organizers expecting more than 400,000 spectators and participants.

The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Crescent Heights Boulevard, and continue west along Santa Monica Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard.

In connection with LA Pride's efforts at reducing hate and ignorance toward the transgender community, the parade's traditional moment of silence at noon will be dedicated to members of the community killed in hate crimes, according to Steve Ganzell, a board co-president of Christopher Street West, the event's producer.

Singer Demi Lovato will be the grand marshal while the couples who were the plaintiffs in the lawsuit that overturned California's ban on same-sex marriage, Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo and Kris Perry and Sandy Stier, will be the community grand marshals.

"The LA Pride Parade is based on celebrating the TLGB community and the people and organizations that have helped make progress in terms of equality," parade chair Tom Pardoe said.

"This year's community grand marshals are the epitome of that idea and have proven themselves as valuable champions for the success of the TLGB fight for inclusion."

Mayor Eric Garcetti, Assembly Speaker Emeritus John A Perez, D-Los Angeles, and Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, will also be among the participants in the parade, which will have 130 entries.

The parade will prompt the closure of Santa Monica Boulevard from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive; Crescent Heights Boulevard from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue; and streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard from Fairfax Avenue to La Peer Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Parking is available for $20 at structures at 8383 Santa Monica Blvd. and 901 Hancock Ave.

Metered parking will not be enforced during the day Sunday while enforcement of permit parking in West Hollywood will be suspended until 7 a.m. Monday.

The parade has been held every year since 1970, except for 1973 when infighting over crude displays the previous two years left the organizers in disarray. The parade was held in Hollywood until 1979, when it moved to West Hollywood.

--City News Service

George June 07, 2014 at 12:50 PM
I haven't gone in years and try to a void the nonsense. At one time it was necessary but those days have long passed. The event is nothing more then an excuse to get smashed and drugged out of your mind. It is described online as a tweekend. I was never intro the whole getting drunk and drugged out of your mind in my 20's and certainly would NEVER do anything like that now. Gay rights has sadly forced the lifestyle down the throats of society. (like it or not) I personally have never felt discriminated against as a gay American man. The gay community however has become a militant movement not unlike the Taliban. They don't kill although the lifestyle is certainly self destructive. I preferred the gay would to be separate in the way gay men live behave. I don't want straight people analyzing the lifestyle of gay men. The straights tend to draw a picture that gays live depraved sex lives. Lets face it they will never understand us so why bother? Who cares? I certainly don't. STOP forcing your lifestyle on straight people. Enjoy life on your own terms is my mono and I do. The craziness each year put on display for which gays get drunk and loaded is stupid!
Val Streit June 07, 2014 at 10:40 PM
WTF? You go against your own community and sound like FOX News with the whole "lifestyle" comment. No one that I know in the LGBT community makes statements like that against their own. For you to even think it is a lifestyle tells me that you have some issues being gay. We (true LGBT) were born this way and because we want the same rights, you think we are forcing our "lifestyle"? Something tells me that you have issues with your own sexuality. It's plain horrible that you diss your own people. Happy Pride everyone.
George June 08, 2014 at 02:33 AM
I beg to differ with you but it is a lifestyle. You don't know if you were born gay. No one knows why there are gay people. Could be up bring or hereditary? The gay pride parade does a disservice to normal gay men & women who don't act a fool parading around half naked in God awful clothing or costuming. Muscular men dressed in ridiculous attire and/or drag.... Te whole thing is worth ignoring which s exactly what I plan to do. Suppose to be a beautiful day at the beach and that will be VERY nice. Naturally the militant gay will continue to stir the pot and that's their right but this gay man who came out when he was 15 in the early 80's has never been discriminated against and has for the most part enjoyed immensely being different then straight people. At the same time I never felt cramming my lifestyle down the throats of people who will never, ever understand gay people was away to gain acceptance. I really do not care if they accept me. Who cares. I am sure a lot of gay men and women feel the same as I do but feel since the gay community leader are pushing this whole militant gay issue that they should be involved because they are gay. I am the first to stand up for something when I feel slighted but that is not the case here. It is a manufactured issue that these gay community organizers are pushing and have been for a long, long time. When I was younger they were doing the same sh_t but the gays back then saw through there BS and waved em off. Back then ONLY the drag queens were the militant gays. That has all changed and it a crying share people can't see what is REALLY going on here.
Val Streit June 08, 2014 at 02:27 PM
You really aren't comfortable in your own skin. Being that there are other gay people in my family that leads to genetics. Go lay on the beach and be an angry "gay man" who hates his own community of people. I pity you.


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