This article was published on June 24th, 2011
The 2011 LA Pride Parade is one of the largest and most inclusive pride parades in the United States. With clear, blue sunny skies, over 400,000 people gathered to participate in the parade. The 2011 parade welcomed over 100 entries ranging from the Parent’s and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) to the leather and kink community, to the corporate and communities of faith groups.
The highlight of the 2011 LA Pride Parade was the presentation of the Grand Marshals and Community Honourees.
The Community Grand Marshal recognizes a portion of the community that faces death daily, and yet is forced to chose between service and truth, being secret, and being out. The 2011 Community Grand Marshal was the LGBT Servicemembers: The Riderless Horse.
The Grand Marshal is world-renouned, beloved and openly gay, and lives as an example of being true to who you are. This year’s Grand Marshal was two-time Olympic figure skater, Johnny Weir.
This year’s parade along Santa Monica Blvd was broadcast to millions of viewers. Leyla Farah, a social media specialist co-hosted with John Duran, a civil rights attourney, former board president of EQCA, and current Mayor of the City of West Hollywood.