Gay Pride Parades Near Los Angeles

by Eric Ervin
The rainbow flag, representing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.

The rainbow flag, representing lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgendered people.

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During the summer months, the Los Angeles area is host to gay pride parades. They are designed to empower the community and promote equality. The parades are usually the first event of pride festivals, which feature concerts, workshops and other activities.

History

Gay pride parades in the Los Angeles area have become a tradition. The area's first parade, LA Pride, was held in 1970, one year after the Stonewall Riots. It is now one of the largest gay parades in the country. The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade dates back to 1984. The Hollywood Youth Pride March is a newcomer to the tradition; it was established in 2010.

LA Pride Parade

The LA Pride parade takes place in June in West Hollywood. It is organized by Christopher Street West, Inc., which took its name from the street in New York where the Stonewall Riots occurred. It features floats, gay rights and gay-friendly organizations, performers and a grand marshal. It moves westward from the corner of Crescent Heights along Santa Monica Boulevard and ends at the entrance of the festival at San Vicente Boulevard.

Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade takes place in June. It is organized by Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc., which was established in 1983. It is the third largest pride parade in the country. The parade starts at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and continues on Ocean Boulevard until it reaches Alamitos Avenue. The parade features over 200 groups, floats, bands and performers. A two-day festival starts after the parade.

Hollywood Youth Pride March

The Hollywood Youth Pride March takes place in July in West Hollywood. It serves as a platform for the younger gay generation and their supporters. Participants parade down the street in homemade costumes while carrying signs and rainbow flags. The 2011 march started from La Brea and Santa Monica Boulevard and ended at Plummer Park, where workshops were held, followed by performances and dancing.

About the Author

Eric Ervin has more than 10 years of experience as a print journalist, having worked at newspapers and magazines in Alabama, Texas and Georgia. His work has been published in the "Houston Press," "Houston Chronicle" and "Mobile Press Register." Ervin received a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of South Alabama.

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