2016 LA PRIDE GUIDE: Street Closures, Parking, Transit & Parade Info
It's LA PRIDE this weekend! There's a music festival, lots of community events and, of course, the 46th Annual PRIDE Parade. Here's a quick guide to the main festival and parade in WeHo, and the best ways to navigate the crowded, rainbow-filled streets.The Parade
The parade kicks off at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, June 12. It begins at the intersection of Santa Monica and Crescent Heights boulevards and continues west on Santa Monica Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard. It is expected to end at about 2 p.m. This year's Grand Marshal is Jewel Thais-Williams, the owner of Catch One Disco.
- San Vicente between Melrose Ave. and Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed between 7 p.m. on June 9 through 10 a.m. on June 13.
- Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed between Fairfax and Doheny from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12.
- Crescent Heights Blvd. will be closed between Romaine and Fountain from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12.
- Norton Ave. will be closed between Havenhurst and Laurel Dr. from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12.
- Streets both one block north and south of Santa Monica Blvd. will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on June 12.
- West Hollywood Library will be closed from Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12.
- West Hollywood Park will be closed from 6 a.m on Monday, June 6 through 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.
- West Hollywood Pool will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, June 6 through Sunday, June 19.
- 5 Story Public/Park Parking Structure will be closed from 6 a.m. on Friday, June 10 through 7 a.m. on Monday, June 13.
- El Tovar Parking Lot will be closed from 6 a.m. on Monday, June 6 through 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 15.
- Plinth Parking Garage will be closed from 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 9 through 6 a.m. on Monday, June 13
Free PRIDE Ride Shuttle
You can get around the fest using free Pride Ride shuttle, which will combine WeHo's nightly trolley The PickUp and daytime shuttle service, Cityline. Service is available on Santa Monica Blvd. between La Brea and Robertson.
The shuttle will be offering rides on Friday, June 10 from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m.; on Saturday, June 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.; and on Sunday, June 12 from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m.
You may also connect from Hollywood and Highland using shuttle service. For connecting info and a map of all available routes, click here.
We'd suggest you take public transit, but if you must drive, know that parking permit regulations will be lifted starting June 10 at 4 p.m. until 11:59 a.m. on Monday, June 13. Parking meters, however, will be enforced.
You can also park at the following structures or lots:
Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue. $20.
Kings Road Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard. $20.
Hancock Parking Structure, located at 901 Hancock Avenue. $20.
Palm Lot, located at 815 Palm Avenue. $1.50/hour.
Metro lines 105, 705, 4, 704, 217, 218, and 312 provide service to the festival, though many bus lines will be rerouted due to street closures. (This writer prefers to take the 16 from Koreatown west and then walk up to Santa Monica Blvd.)
The Music Festival
The festival takes place at West Hollywood Park, which you will enter at San Vicente and Santa Monica boulevards.
Friday is free. Tickets are $45 for the both Sat. and Sun, or $25 for either day. VIP weekend passes are $125, (21+). Pick them up at will call. Tickets can be purchased at the door, although guests are advised to buy in advance.
Friday acts run from 6 p.m. until 1 a.m. Acts include Krewalla, Maria Jose, Faith Evans, DJ Brat, Gia, and Daphne Willis.
There will also be the annual Dyke March & Rally at the Main Stage at 6 p.m. and the Trans* Social between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Nissan Latin Music Stage. There will be a Youth Dance for guests under 24. That event is drug and alcohol free. Also, WeHo will be burning at the Vogue Ball at 8 p.m. at the West Hollywood Park auditorium.
Saturday's events run from 2 p.m. until 1 a.m. Acts include Charli XCX, DJ Kidd Madonny, Siya, DJ Vision, DJ Morales, Dondria Nicole, Bebe Rexha, Diana Reyes, DJ Richie Skye, Shamir, DJ Raul, Milan Christopher, Lion Babe, Horoscopes de Durango, DJ Ben, Gavin Turek, Marilyn Odessa, Gia, Brayton Bowman, DJ Sebastian, DJ Konrad, Rilan, Berkely the Artist, Le1f, DJ Polo and DJ Kidd.
There will also be a Drag Revue at the auditorium.
Sunday runs from noon to 11 p.m. Acts include Carly Rae Jepson, DJ Wizz Kidd, DJ Kidd Madonna, Timeflies, Mariana Seoane, Trina, DJ Mike, Gallant, Hailee Steinfeld, Maribel Guardia, Big Freedia, Conrad Sewell, Daya, DJ Sebastian, EC Twins, Robin S. & Inaya Day, DJ Lala, Michell'e, Michael Blume, DJ Alexander, DJ Kidrok, Tyran Brown, DJ WZRD, DJ Eduardo, DJ Raul and DJ Lancia.
There will also be line dancing in the auditorium.
In addition to these events, the festival will also feature Cruising, an immersive art experience curated by Nathaly Charria. The exhibit references queer meeting spaces and contains art from the Tom of Finland Foundation, Seth Bogart and Peggy Noland, JD Samson and Drew Denny, Liss LaFleur, Van Jazmin, Onch Movement, Millie Brown and Zackary Drucker.
The Erotic City area will feature sexy performances and vendors and is, of course, 18-and-up. The kids can hang out at the Youth Arcade, although adults are welcome to play a game or two. Those who prefer a sober experience can hang out at the #SIZZLE area, an alcohol-free carnival.
See the Fest's full line up and set times here.
You can also check out the full brochure of events here.