Weekend festivities mark start of WeHo Pride Month

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Wave Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will begin June Pride Month with a jam-packed weekend of events and festivities.

WeHo Pride Weekend will take place June 2-4 in and around West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Blvd. 

Festivities begin June 2 at 6 p.m. with a concert Idina Menzel, Jessie Ware, Shangela and Tinashe with additional performances by JORDY, Tolliver and DJ Venessa Michaels. The event is sold out.

The free WeHo Pride Street Fair and Women’s Freedom Festival begin at noon June 3, followed by the annual Dyke March at 6 p.m. The Street Fair is located along Santa Monica Boulevard between Hancock Avenue and La Peer Drive. The Women’s Freedom Festival will feature emerging LGBTQ women and non-binary musicians, comedians, poets, and activists will take place at the Community Stage, immediately followed by the annual Dyke March. The Street Fair will continue June 4.

Also on June 4, thousands of people will gather for the annual WeHo Pride Parade along Santa Monica Boulevard. Icons for this year’s WeHo Pride Parade will be RuPaul’s Drag Race, Laith Ashley, Niecy Nash-Betts & Jessica Betts and Melissa McCarthy.

The Pride Parade begins at noon at Crescent Heights and Santa Monica boulevards, and will travel west on Santa Monica to Robertson Boulevard.

“The city of West Hollywood is pleased to kick off another WeHo Pride celebration filled with engaging activities and plenty of opportunities to celebrate the LGBTQ community,” Mayor Sepi Shyne said. “Our WeHo Pride Parade Icons embody queer joy and fierce allyship by creating spaces where our community can be celebrated, whether that’s on the red carpet or directly through their art and advocacy. We’re thrilled to celebrate the impact our icons have in creating a more evolved and accepting world.”

KTLA is the official broadcast partner of the 2023 WeHo Pride Parade, with Cher Calvin, Pedro Rivera, and surprise special guests leading the coverage.

Other highlights of Pride Month include the annual Pride Pickleball Tournament, a free Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles concert in West Hollywood Park, and a free combined Lesbian Speakers Series/Summer Sounds event at Plummer Park featuring Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter Sophie B. Hawkins. 

The city will offer transportation to and from the festival via the free shuttle to the Hollywood/Highland Rail Line Station, the Cityline Commuter and the city’s free weekend ride, The PickUp.

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From 1 p.m. June 2 to 3 a.m. June 3, Pride Ride will provide transportation for the opening night of WeHo Pride Weekend. Vehicles will travel along Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to Robertson Boulevard. Cityline shuttles will run to and from Hollywood/Highland Station from 1 to 8 p.m., while The PickUp will continue to operate on its regular schedule, from 8 p.m. to 3 a.m.

From 11 a.m. June 3 to 3 a.m. June 4, Pride Ride will provide transportation for the opening day of the WeHo Pride Street Fair, Dyke March, and Women’s Freedom Festival. Cityline shuttles will provide service around West Hollywood and to and from the Hollywood/Highland Station from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The PickUp will operate from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. along Santa Monica Boulevard from La Brea Avenue to La Cienega Boulevard. 

From 11 a.m. June 4, to 1:30 a.m. June 5, Pride Ride will provide transportation to the WeHo Pride Parade. Due to parade-related street closures, the Cityline Commuter service will operate between the Hollywood/Highland Station and Santa Monica/Fairfax stops between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. Following the WeHo Pride Parade — once streets have reopened — The PickUp will run along Santa Monica Boulevard between La Brea Avenue and La Cienega Boulevard from 5 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. for access to and from Pride festivities.

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