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LA Pride Celebration planned this weekend

Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The 2015 LA Pride Celebration takes place from June 12 to June 14, bringing together thousands of members of the LGBT community and allies to celebrate pride and unity.

Produced by Christopher Street West and sponsored in part by the city of West Hollywood, the celebration will include the Pride Festival at West Hollywood Park, as well as the Dyke March and Lavender Menace Celebration of Women.

In addition, the Pride Parade along Santa Monica Boulevard is one of the largest gay pride parades in the country.

Concurrent, is the city’s One City One Pride Arts Festival, which offers events throughout the month of June. This year, One City One Pride looks at what it means to turn 30 with the theme “WeHo@30, Life@30.”

On June 12, the WeHo Dyke March and Lavender Menace Celebration of Women takes place at West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. A social hour and presentations begins at
6 p.m. and the Dyke March begins at 7 p.m.

On June 13 and 14, the Pride Festival will take place at West Hollywood Park, from noon to midnight June 13 and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. June 14. The festival features live entertainment on multiple stages, all-new dance venues, numerous exhibitors and food and drink vendors.

On June 14, the Pride Parade will take place. It begins at 11 a.m. from Crescent Heights Boulevard and travels west along Santa Monica Boulevard just past the main entrance of the festival at San Vicente Boulevard, ending at Robertson Boulevard.

The Rev. Troy Perry, one of the founders of the Pride Parade, and 13-year-old Transgender youth advocate Zoey will be the parade grand marshals, along with the cast of crew of Amazon Television’s “Transparent.”

Due to Pride events, the following streets and facilities will be temporarily closed:

Gay Pride 2009
Gay Pride 2009

• West Hollywood Park will be closed through June 17.

• West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 p.m. June 11 to 11 a.m. June 15.

• West Hollywood Pool will be closed to 8 a.m. June 17.

• San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be closed from 7 p.m. on June 11 through 10 a.m. June 15.

• Santa Monica Boulevard from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 14,

• Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard (Fairfax Avenue to La Peer Drive) will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14.

• Crescent Heights Boulevard from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14, 2015.

• And Norton Avenue (between Havenhurst Drive and Laurel Avenue) will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 14.

The city will suspend enforcement of permit parking for Pride Weekend from 4 p.m. June 12 to 7 a.m. June 15. All metered parking will be enforced June 12 and 13. Metered parking will not be enforced on June 14 during the Pride Parade.

Those attending the festivities are encouraged to observe the boundaries of the city of West Hollywood. If parking occurs in the city of Los Angeles or Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be observed.

Public parking will be available for $10 June 12 and 13 and $20 on June 14 at the following locations:

Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.; Hancock Parking Structure, 901 Hancock Ave.;La Jolla-Havenhurst Lot, 1043 La Jolla Ave.; La Peer Lot, 623 La Peer Drive; Orange Grove Lot, 1114 N. Orange Grove Ave.;Spaulding Lot, 7718 Santa Monica Blvd.; and thePacific Design Center, Melrose and San Vicente (ernter off of Melrose).

Pride Ride will offer a safe and convenient way to reach a destination in the city during Pride Weekend. Pride Ride will follow a continuous loop along Santa Monica Boulevard between Robertson Boulevard and La Brea Avenue with 15 stops in each direction. Vehicles will arrive approximately every 15 minutes. For a downloadable route map with detailed information about schedules and stops visit www.weho.org/prideride.

Pride Ride will run from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. June 12; from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. on June 13; and from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. on June 14.

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