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LA Pride Announces New Location for Official Pride Parade

Wednesday February 23, 2022

LA Pride Announces New Location for Official Pride Parade
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The following is a press release from LA Pride:

Christopher Street West (CSW) — the 501(c)3 nonprofit that produces LA Pride — has announced that its annual Pride parade will return on June 12 after a two-year hiatus. The second-largest Pride parade in the nation will now be centered in Hollywood, a historic shift away from West Hollywood in the 50+ years since the parade became a regular occurrence.

Because of the onset of COVID-19 in 2020, LA Pride did not have the opportunity to celebrate the parade's 50th anniversary. This year, as the parade moves forward in its new route and location, it will also be broadcasting with long-time LA Pride media partners KABC-TV (ABC7) and iHeartRadio.

"LA Pride is thrilled to come together this year to commemorate the historic anniversary at the parade's first and original location," said Gerald Garth, vice president of programs and initiatives. "As a mission-driven and community-centered non-profit organization, CSW recognizes that LGBTQ+ experiences of Los Angeles are broader than just one neighborhood. Considering feedback gathered since the pandemic began, we are committed to creating experiences and access to our entire community, including many of those who have been most underserved and underrepresented. That said, we're also continuing conversations with various community stakeholders."

Every year, CSW organizes its Pride Month activations and events thematically and after the two years without a parade, this year will be no exception. The commitment to equity includes a focus on generational, experiential and geographic diversity that will live beyond solely the month of June and into the year following.

Continued Gerald: "We considered many options for the parade, both traditional and progressive. Hollywood as the original historical location for the first Los Angeles protest 50 years ago was a natural choice to honor what Pride really means and where Pride will go in the future."

LA Pride will follow health and safety guidance as outlined by LA County health officials and the CDC. Information about route, safety, security, float capacity, and further parade and programming will be available on www.lapride.org. For sponsorship and talent inquiries, contact LA Pride at [email protected]. For more information, follow @lapride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or visit www.lapride.org.