This article was published on June 15th, 2019
Dozens of performers, stars, celebrities, and icons of the LGBT community came together June 7 – 9, 2019 in West Hollywood, California, to celebrate LA Pride. With a fresh new vision, the team at Christopher Street West, the producers of the LA Pride Parade and the LA Pride Festival, completely revamped the events which resulted in higher attendance, bigger entertainment, and increased experiences. The refreshed 2019 LA Pride had picture-perfect weather, soaring temperatures, excitement, and magical memories that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Friday night kicked off with the annual Dyke March down Santa Monica Blvd. Hundreds gathered at Sal Guarriello Veteran’s Memorial on Santa Monica Blvd. The rally included empowering speeches, music, Pride Poets Typewriter Poetry, and poster-making. The gathering was followed by the annual Dyke march down Santa Monica Blvd, past the entrance of the LA Pride Festival.
As the LA Pride Festival opened for the weekend, the red carpet was filled with celebrities, stars, and queer icons including, Lisa Vanderpump, Vincint, Jeff Consoletti, Corey Rae, Cupcakke, Krystall Decanter, Glamanda, Kodie Shane, Rhea Litre, Brandon Wilde, Brian Webb, Gia Gunn and of course, Todrick Hall and Paula Abdul. See more photos from the 2019 LA Pride Festival red carpet.
The LA Pride Festival was hosted by WeHo celebrity host Billy Francesca, and LA’s gender fuck drag DJ, Arisce Wanzer.
Friday night featured a free concert at the LA Pride Festival grounds with performances by Todrick Hall and Paula Abdul.
Known for outstanding choreography, upbeat music, and outrageously-fabulous outfits, Todrick Hall lit up the LA Pride main stage on Friday night. The 50-minute performance included songs from his latest album. The performance was memorizing and the tens of thousands who came to watch were living for every second of it. See more photos of Todrick Hall’s performance.
Paula Abdul slayed the stage with an hour-long set. Ms. Abdul had an impressive six pride-inspired costume changes. Performing all of her popular songs with a team of sexy back up dancers, Paula Abdul’s performance was nothing short of amazing. Her choreography was so slick, so fierce, and the way her dancers flung her around the stage will live on in LA pride folklore forever. What made it just a bit extra was how her hour-long performance included many West Hollywood performers, including the West Hollywood Gay Men’s Chorus. See more photos of Paul Abdul’s performance.
Saturday LA Pride Festival saw another incredible line-up of performers throughout the day.Pabllo Vittar put on a mind-blowing performance. Greatly anticipated by thousands of cheering fans, Pablo Vittar is known from singing on Major Laser’s “Lean On”. A brilliant team of dancers backed her up as she performed her hit songs, while the crowd cheered and sang along.
Performing on the main stage, Meghan Trainer was the highlight on Saturday night. The Grammy winner and “All About that Bass” and “Me Too” singer performed all of her bops, and the audience was left gagging from her epic gay-friendly performance. The hour-long set incorporated many special guests, including Shangela.
The LA Pride Festival had a complete line-up on Saturday including Cupcakke, Ah-Mer-Ah-Su, Alex Andwandter, Sean Wiggins, The Drums, Vincent, DJ Tatiana, and Shaun Ross.
Sunday morning began with the LA Pride parade, which saw its highest ever attendance. The 3+ hour parade was broadcast live for the first time in history on ABC. Over 150 entries of colorful floats, community organizations, not-for-profit charities, advocacy groups, sponsors, and marchers proceeded down Santa Monica Blvd in the heart of West Hollywood while thousands lined the streets to catch a glimpse.
The LA Pride Festival continued on Sunday with even more incredible performances throughout the day. Headlining the day was the Brit Pop, queer-friendly group, Years & Years.
Sunday also saw performances by The Veronicas, MNEK, Greyson Chance, Miss Vanjie, Saro, Sateen, and Sir Baby Girl.
There were celebrity guests at the LA Pride Festival throughout the weekend, performing, in the crowds, and celebrating LA Pride, like Halle Berry, Gus Kenworthy, Jay Rodriguez, Raven Simone, and Troye Sivan.
While West Hollywood Park is still undergoing a multi-year, multi-phase, multi-million renovation, there are limitations to the LA Pride Festival footprint. LA Pride organizers got creative and added a beer garden across the street, complete with music and a giant ferris wheel. It was all included in the LA Pride Festival ticket.
Another big programming change for LA Pride in 2019 was the addition of the free stage, entertainment, and festival on Santa Monica Blvd. It was a welcome addition and offered the entire community to take part in the LA Pride Festival.
In addition to the official events, the West Hollywood gayborhood bars were places to be and be seen, and to celebrate. The circuit sisters were also out in full-force at some of LA’s biggest parties.
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Congratulations Christopher Street West and the City of West Hollywood for putting on another fabulous weekend of fun, excitement, and Pride. The production of LA Pride and the LA Pride Festival was a high caliber event. Many improvements this year including the free festival on Santa Monica Blvd, the shuttle bus service, and incredible event production and management by JJ LA made the event an out of this world rainbow weekend.
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