Deets: LA Pride expands the Festival grounds adding the first-ever free block party with programming and events that promote greater accessibility and inclusivity. Today, Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, is excited to announce a diverse group of LGBTQ+ and allied performers set to take the stage at the 2019 LA Pride Festival. This year’s performers will come together on the Festival’s two main stages and embrace this year’s theme, #JUSTUNITE.
LA Pride’s 2019 #JUSTUNITE theme makes a simple, yet powerful statement: that the work the LGBTQ+ community does together is ultimately what will make it stronger and more resilient than ever before. The theme is not only a nod to the Pride movement’s storied history of pioneers and activists who paved the way for the rights LGBTQ+ people have today, but it also is a reminder that the fight for equality is still far from over. LA Pride has embraced this rich history as the fuel to inspire, motivate and drive the LGBTQ+ community to its next chapter.
“LA Pride stands humbly on the shoulders of those that have come before us who worked tirelessly for nearly 50 years to create a movement. Our new generation of leadership looks to honor that past and build on the many hard-fought LGBTQ+ civil rights victories. Our multi-generational community is, indeed, stronger together, and this year’s LA Pride celebration draws upon our diverse experiences to ensure that our collective voice is more powerful than ever,” said Estevan Montemayor, President of the CSW Board of Directors.
For the first time, the LA Pride Festival is expanding onto Santa Monica Boulevard with Pride on the Boulevard, a free block party that will allow guests to gather and watch local performers on both Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9 from 12:00pm – 7:00pm. The block party will be located on Santa Monica Boulevard between San Vicente and Robertson Boulevards and is accessible to everyone as a great way unite and celebrate together.
To create even more free opportunities for the community to participate in LA Pride, a new Friday night program has been added to the festival on June 7 at West Hollywood Park. The free evening will feature:
An Official Opening Ceremony including a diverse mix of community and spiritual leaders and advocates for the LGBTQ+ community
A combination of entertainment, including a WeHo Vogue Ball & Drag Show, a night of dancing, music from local DJs and special surprise guests
With an all new stage layout for 2019, all artists, regardless of genre, will be featured on two stages located inside the LA Pride Festival grounds. From hip-hop and pop to Latin and EDM, this year’s performers are coming together on both stages to celebrate this year’s theme, #JUSTUNITE, which recognizes that the work the LGBTQ+ community does together ultimately makes it stronger and more resilient than ever before.
This year the organizers of the LA Pride Festival are also hosting the “Pride on the Boulevard” block party, which opens Pride to the entire Los Angeles community. “Pride on the Boulevard” is free to the general public and will include a vast array of local LGBTQ+ artists.
Spotted: Paula Abdul, Todrick Hall, Meghan Trainor, Years & Years, Ashanti, Amara La Negra, Dej Loaf, Greyson Chance, MNEK, Pabllo Vittar, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, Cristian Castro, CupcakKe, Kodie Shane, The Drums, The Veronicas, Selena Tribute Band, Shaun Ross, Georgel Sean Wiggens, Alex Anwandter, Sateen Saro, Luna Lovebad, Sir Babygirl, Bronze Avery, DIIMOND, Heartthrob Rob, Kaleena Zanders, Zolita, Lady Londyn
Hint For The Average Socialite: Festival goers are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance at www.lapride.org.
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