This article was published on June 14th, 2018
One of the largest Pride celebrations in North America, LA Pride hosted a record-breaking attendance to the festival this year as gay, straight, bi-sexual, transgender, and straight allies converged on West Hollywood, California. The city of angels served up fabulous sunshine weather and warm, perfect weekend for those that attended Los Angeles Pride.
There were amazing outfits, a colorful and entertaining parade, fantastic performances, and a great festival with a wide array of vendors, where thousands of people came together at LA Pride 2018 to #JUSTBE. Los Angeles welcomed the largest volume of people ever to attend its pride festival.
In a first for Christopher Street West, LA Pride 2018’s festival saw an all-female lineup of extraordinary talent. Headlined by a wonderful set from Swedish Pop sensation Tove Lo, LA Pride Festival also saw featured performances by Icona Pop, Keri Hilson, Natalia Jimenez of the Latin pop band sensation La Quinta Estacion, Eve, and Poplyfe’s Kehlani. Every one of these badass ladies delivered exceptional performances and brought an energy of love and gratitude for being able to perform at LA Pride.
Several key celebrities were in attendance at the 48thannual Christopher Street West Pride Festival. Nearly 200,000 people packed into the festival grounds in West Hollywood, long known as the gay and cultural epicenter of Los Angeles. For the first time ever, Pride tickets sold out.
Los Angeles has long been known as a turning point city for gay rights. This year’s Pride parade and theme, #JUSTBE, reverted back to the traditional parade format through the streets of West Hollywood. Floats, firetrucks, costumes, flags, balloons, hotties, hunks, average joes, seniors, lesbians, trans, bisexual, and everyone in between marched in the parade and lit up Santa Monica Boulevard in full on rainbow for miles.
Christopher Street West’s LA Pride 2018 will go down in history as the largest Pride event southern California has ever seen. Pride organizers did a fantastic job of making all attendees feel welcomed, loved, accepted, and like they could show up and #JUSTBE simply who they are. LA Pride 2018 was a smash hit and an event everyone will be talking about for a long time!