One of the many benefits of living in Southern California, especially during pride month is the number of options you have for letting your pride shine.
I’m in LA every couple weeks but WEHO is not the draw it used to be for me so going to LA Pride is an excuse for me to check out the old neighborhood and chat with a few old friends.
We get to the parade route early so we can watch them set up and practice their routines. We get to our favorite watering hole which is situated a few blocks from the start of the parade. Not as many people at the start so it’s still manageable to see what’s going on. LA Pride does not disappoint.
The floats are always amazing, the parade participants are a who’s who of whatever support group you belong to. Very few politicians this year, which is odd considering it’s an election year but hey, that leaves room for more muscle boys in speedos.
The best thing about the pride day wherever you are is the festival afterwards. I’m surprised who performs at some of these events. Check your local guide to see who is playing ta your festival. LA like most of the larger cities also has the big circuit parties going on. Those can last until 6AM with the after parties lasting until noon the next day. Drink lots of water.
Don’t worry if you missed LA or Long Beach Pride. The season has just begun. Here are a few parades coming up in June and July. Search the internet for dates and times.
Fresno Pride, Joshua Tree Pride. Sacramento Pride, Orange County Pride, San Diego Pride, Sonoma County/ Russian River Pride, Central Coast Pride, Santa Barbara Pride and San Francisco Pride.
Pride season lasts all the way to Palm Springs Pride which is the first weekend of November. Get out there and celebrate pride, who doesn’t like a parade?