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Your Guide To Gay Pride Weekend: The Parade, Parking And Parties

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This weekend is all about LGBT Pride, so grab that rainbow flag and feathered headdress, and don't forget the assless chaps! Here's what you need to know for the annual West Hollywood shindig.

There's Sunday's big, shiny parade, of course, and a festival that goes on Saturday and Sunday. The parade and crowd-watching is free, but admission to the festival is $20 per day. Inside, you'll likely get loads of freebies, like beads (of course), buttons, and beaucoup bags, but bring extra cash for food and drinks.

Did we say drinks? Sure, the Boys Town bars will be overflowing (sadly, the last lesbian bar in WeHo is no more) but you can also hit up the Sober Oasis at the festival and Millions of Milkshakes is open until 2 a.m.

Purple Party and Dyke March
Kick off pride weekend Friday, June 7 with the annual Dyke March at the West Hollywood Park, 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The Purple Party, with an all-female lineup, has free admission.

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Living Out Loud and Proud Party
The fourth annual Transgender Social & VIP Party will begin at 7 p.m. at Bill's Cafe Lounge on Robertson Boulevard and will include performances by Angel Bonilla, Kaygee and the Lora G. Band

The Parade
The annual Pride Parade takes place Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m. on Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood. This year's Grand Marshall is Extra host Maria Menounos. Since 400,000 people are expected to turn out for the event, consider taking the free shuttle, walking or busing. (Details below). If you can't make it, you can watch it on West Hollywood Channel 10 or via webcast.

Parade Street Closures

  • San Vicente Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be closed from 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 6 through 7 a.m. on Monday, June 10
  • Santa Monica Boulevard from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9
  • Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard (Fairfax Avenue to La Peer Drive) will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9
  • Crescent Heights Boulevard from Romaine Street to Fountain Avenue will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9

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Magnolia Bakery at 3rd and Orlando is offering vanilla and chocolate pride cupcakes for $3.50 each. (Photo courtesy of Magnolia Bakery)
Free Shuttles
The Pride Ride will travel along Santa Monica Boulevard every 8 minutes (traffic willing) between Fuller Avenue (near Plummer Park) and La Peer Drive (near Pavilions). The shuttles will run on this schedule:

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  • Friday, June 7: 6 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 8: 11 a.m. to 3 a.m.
  • Sunday, June 9: After the parade ends, approximately 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Parking
Good news: All permit parking regulations will be lifted from 4:00 p.m. Friday, June 7 through 7:00 a.m., Monday, June 10.
Bad news: All parking meters will be enforced.
LA Pride recommends trying these parking spots: East of Fairfax, Pacific Design Center, the Kings Road parking structure, and the Beverly Center.

Special Services
Per the LA Pride site, Christopher Street West will provide a prime, covered, viewing area on the parade route, with a special parking area for people with disabilities. This service is free of charge but is available only by special permit. Permits and directions can be obtained by calling their office at (323) 969-8302 x18.

Performances
For more info, see, LA Pride's schedule:
Friday: Uh Huh Her, Luciana
Saturday: Chiddy Bang, Ciara
Sunday: The Pointer Sisters, Kat Deluna

Police
The LASD's West Hollywood station phone number is (310) 855-8550. They're located right by the festival at San Vicente and Santa Monica.

More info:
LA Pride official site
WeHo's "One City One Pride" List of events
WeHo News pride overview