LA Pride: The Low Down on Los Angeles Pride

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Get the low down on LA Pride from people who LOVE Los Angeles’ annual LGBTQIA Pride extravaganza.

LA Pride takes over the streets of Los Angeles every year in what’s become one of the world’s biggest Pride celebrations. And while LA Pride may conjure up images of a big parade and party (which of course it is), there’s more to it than that.

Like many other Pride celebrations across the globe, LA Pride is actually a month long, cultural, arts and community celebration. It offers a whole bunch of different options from xxx to xxx.

Be sure to check out the LA Pride website for all the latest dates and deets.

But what’s LA Pride really like? Photos and social media feeds only tell part of the story. I wanted to dig a little deeper and discover what people love about LA Pride, why they keep coming back, and any hidden gems that might be worth exploring in and around the Los Angeles area.

So I reached out to a whole bunch of super cool people online. I don’t know any of these people personally, and as always on the blog, there is absolutely no sponsored or paid content in this article (gross!)

Instead, what you’ll read is the 100% real deal opinions of people who simply love LA Pride. No opinions or comments have been edited in any way. I can honestly say no one had anything bad or negative to say.

Which is really fitting in a way. I mean when it really comes down to it, Pride is about love. Loving yourself, loving others – unconditionally and without judgement.

Are we there yet? Is the world there yet? Unfortunately, no. But I like to think that Pride helps each of us, as individuals, get closer. And if we can start to make changes individually, then we can start to make the world a better place!

A huge shout and THANK YOU to everyone below for taking time out of your busy schedules to share your thoughts!!

Enjoy!


Mandi

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LA Pride is my favorite time of year!

I always go to the Abbey in West Hollywood. It’s my favourite place as well! The music is always the jam and you are dancing all night!

The day after, me and my friends go to the parade and then bunch in “Boystown”. “Boystown” is the strip of Gay clubs and businesses on Santa Monica Blvd were the Abbey is. There’s the Abbey, Pump, Flaming Saddles, and GYM. All these and more!

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The parade is wonderful!!! It’s full of love and support! I always feel like a celebrity lol. If you’re lucky, you get a table for bunch at one of these places.

Everyone and their mom is out to bunch in Boystown the Sunday of Pride weekend.

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Brett

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LA Pride to me, means freedom. It means letting go of any rules or restrictions that this world wants to put on to you and being able to show your authenticity. LA Pride means celebrating my individuality and my unique being alongside thousands of other humans celebrating what makes them different and what makes them special. It’s a giant party honouring self love and self acceptance and any one with an open mind and an open heart can feel the pure joy and the positive energy flowing through out the event.


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My favorite thing about pride is how many different people that are attending. You have straights, gays, bisexuals, transgender, drag queens, whites, blacks, Hispanics, asians, Jews, muslims, christians, cops, lawyers, fire men, teachers, fathers, mothers kids, leather men, go go dancers, activists, cheerleaders, high schoolers, elderly, whatever. You give me one label, on way to describe a person and I am 99% sure that that type of person will be at pride.

The festival is not just about being gay or being LGBT, it’s about taking pride in who you are as an individual and allowing and supporting others to do the same.

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Griffith Park, Point Dume, etc. The Venice Canals are also a great place to take a nice walk, enjoy seeing some unique houses. And while you’re in Venice you can swing down to Abbot Kinney Blvd. It’s a couple blocks of a street lined with craft restaurants, boutique stores, and local art shops and galleries. The Getty Museum is free and home to some great views of the city and Hollywood is home to some awesome comedy clubs; Second City, The Comedy Store, Groundlings, Laugh Factory.

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Matthew

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LA Pride is whatever you make of it! There is so much to do and see and hear. For me it’s a freeing space where I can let inhibitions go and just be in the moment. There is no judgment and you are just supposed to enjoy it and have fun!

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As for cool things to do, do some research. There are so many different parties and after parties, pool parties, rooftop parties, and events of all sorts going on all around! Meeting new people at pride is a great way to find new things to do!

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