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L.A. Pride Celebration to be held this weekend

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The three-day Christopher Street West annual L.A. Pride Celebration begins June 10 from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd.

Produced by Christopher Street West, the 2016 LA Pride Celebration is the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California. It features live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, all-new dance venues, numerous exhibitors, food-and-drink vendors, and thousands of members of Southern California’s vibrant and active gay community.

Admission is free to the June 10 events. General admission festival tickets for June 11 and 12 are $25 a day and a two-day pass is available for $45.

The festival begins June 10 with the annual Dyke March.

Gates open at 6 p.m. and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main stage.

The program will include a welcome from members of the West Hollywood City Council and a presentation of the Etheridge Award to this year’s honoree, the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.

The Etheridge Award is presented annually to women or women’s organizations that have made significant impacts within and for the lesbian community. Named after its first honoree, singer Melissa Etheridge, past honorees of the Etheridge Award have included county Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, Jewel Thais-Williams (who has been named 2016 L.A. Pride in West Hollywood Parade grand marshal), Ivy Bottini, Rita Gonzales, and the late Jeanne Cordova.

There will be brief comedy sets hosted by UnCabaret and featuring funny women Julie Goldman, Selene Luna, and Marsha Warfield, to follow the award presentation.

The Dyke March itself will begin at 7:30 p.m. with participants marching from the festival grounds along Santa Monica Boulevard and back.

Live performances will be headlined by Krewella, and also will feature Maria José, Da Brat and Faith Evans.

As part of the June 11 activities, an estimated 2,500 AIDS/LifeCycle riders will pedal through the city along Santa Monica Boulevard and Ogden Drive to celebrate the completion of their 545-mile journey from San Francisco to Los Angeles.

For many years, the AIDS/Lifecycle ended at the Veterans Administration Center in West Los Angeles. This year, the finish line will be at Fairfax High School and will include live music, food vendors, a cheering section for friends and family to welcome the cyclists and a closing ceremony.

On June 12, the annual Christopher Street West Pride Parade will take place at 10:45 a.m., starting at the corner of Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards. The parade travels westbound along Santa Monica Boulevard, past the main entrance of the LA Pride Festival at San Vicente Boulevard, and ends at Robertson Boulevard.

As part of the 2016 L.A. Pride Celebration West Hollywood’s free daytime shuttle service, Cityline, and the free nighttime trolley ride, The PickUp, will get together and become “Pride Ride” for the weekend.

Pride Ride, will run on June 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.; on June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and on June 12 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.

A complete list of festival events is available at www.weho.org/pride.

For additional information, contact Michael Che at (323) 848-6377.

 

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