UPDATE: MAY 20, 2021 — After announcing a fully digital slate of Pride Month programming earlier this year, L.A. Pride organizer Christopher Street West on Wednesday announced a pair of in-person festivities.
On June 11, Dodger Stadium will host an LGBTQ+ Pride Night featuring drink specials, surprise guests, and Friday night fireworks with a set by DJ Bowie Jane (and, most importantly, a game against the Texas Rangers).
CSW also teamed up with outdoor movie institution Cinespia for an LGBTQ+ movie night under the stars in Hollywood Forever cemetery. A film hasn’t been announced yet, but in the meantime, they’re continuing to host drive-in nights at the Greek.
The parade is still off.
MAY 6, 2021 — Despite the county’s rapidly improving COVID-19 outlook, it’s set to be another June without an official L.A. Pride parade. Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that organizes L.A. Pride, announced this week that the annual parade and street fest would once again be going virtual in the name of pandemic safety.
“Safety was our No. 1 priority,” Christopher Street West board president Sharon-Franklin Brown told the Los Angeles Times. “It takes time to put on a parade, [and] we were not sure we were going to be where we’re at now, which is this amazing space where everything is opening up.”
This year’s virtual events include a TikTok-sponsored concert featuring Charli XCX, a Thrive with Pride Celebration on ABC 7, and a calendar packed with volunteering opportunities.
Last year, L.A. Pride became the subject of scrutiny when organizers announced the yearly parade would be recast as a “solidarity march” in support of the Black Lives Matter protests that were proliferating in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. The issue: Christopher Street West failed to contact representatives of Black Lives Matter, but did contact the Los Angeles Police Department, inviting a robust law enforcement presence at the event.
Ultimately, organizers withdrew their permit applications for the march and nixed all corporate sponsorships. The festivities were supplanted by the well-attended All Black Lives Matter march, organized entirely by Black LGBTQ people.
A month later, in July 2020, Christopher Street West announced that Pride would’t be returning to West Hollywood at all, sparking speculation that the organization might set its sights on downtown L.A.
While a new location has yet to be announced, Brown tells the Times the 2022 parade is already in the works.
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