Most people are predicting a record turn out for LA Pride this year as Christopher Street West forgoes the traditional celebratory parade in favor of #ResistMarch. While it’s almost certain to be one for the record books, how to navigate your way both to the march and through the traffic might be a good thing to plan in advance. Sunday is, of course, the big day of concern.
The events will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 through Sunday, June 11, 2017 and there are dozens and dozens of high turn out extravaganzas planned. West Hollywood is especially robust with offering, celebrating the LGBTQ community throughout June with dozens of events. Learn more about One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival here.
Major events on Friday
DYKE MARCH: The weekend will kick at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial (8447 Santa Monica Boulevard) with Friday’s annual Dyke March. Claudette Sexy DJ starts to spin at 6 PM followed by a rally at 7 PM. The Dyke March will hit the streets 8 PM and wind its way down Santa Monica Boulevard to San Vicente Boulevard and back.
TRANS PARTY: The 7th Annual Trans Party will kick off at 6 PM, featuring music and DJ performances by DJ EZ, Shea Diamon, Laura & Nikki Lunden, and many others. Special awards will be given to Justing Tranter, Alexander Grey, Alex Schmider and maria Roman. Free admission at San Vincente and Melrose.
SOBER PARTY: The sobriety community can enjoy the annual #SIZZLE event, a sober area (substance free) at CSW’s LA Pride Festival from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on the Festival grounds at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. For more information, please visit www.lapride.org.
Major events on Saturday
AIDS/LIFECYCLE ARRIVAL: On Saturday, June 10, 2017, an estimated 2,500 AIDS/LifeCycle riders will pedal through the City of West Hollywood to celebrate the completion of a 545-mile journey from SF to LA to raise funds for HIV/AIDS. Eastbound Santa Monica Boulevard will be reduced to a single lane of traffic from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. between Doheny Drive and Ogden Drive as the cyclists make their way to the finish line and closing ceremony at Fairfax High School. Community members are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists as they stream through West Hollywood. For more information, please visit www.aidslifecycle.org.
PRIDE FESTIVAL: On Saturday, June 10, 2017 from 12 p.m. to 1 a.m. and on Sunday, June 11, 2017 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., CSW’s LA Pride Festival will take place at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. There will be music and entertainment on three stages. Advance tickets are $25. For tickets and more information, please visit www.lapride.org.
Main event Sunday
#RESISTMARCH: On Sunday, June 11, 2017, the #ResistMarch will take the place of the annual LA Pride Parade. The #ResistMarch will gather on Sunday, June 11, 2017 at 8 a.m. at Hollywood and Highland. The march will proceed to the City of West Hollywood at Santa Monica Boulevard and Almont Drive. As a reminder, no alcohol, backpacks, or weapons will be allowed; only clear plastic bags will be permitted. For more information, please visitwww.resistmarch.org.
Here’s what you need to know about getting around.
The following facilities and street closures will take place within the City of West Hollywood in the days surrounding Pride celebrations:
- San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. onThursday, June 8, 2017 through 10 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017.
- West Hollywood Park will be closed from 6 a.m. onMonday, June 5, 2017 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 14, 2017;
- West Hollywood Library will be closed from 7 p.m. onThursday, June 8, 2017 to 11 a.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017; and
- West Hollywood Pool will be closed from Monday, June 5, 2017 through Sunday, June 18, 2017 and will re-open on Monday, June 19, 2017.
The following the #ResistMarch street closures will take place within the City of West Hollywood on Sunday, June 11, 2017:
WeHo (entire weekend unless specified)
- Santa Monica Boulevard, and all streets one block north and one block south, from Doheny Drive to La Cienega Boulevard will be closed from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m.;
- Santa Monica Boulevard from La Cienega Boulevard to Genesse Avenue will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
- Fairfax Avenue, from Sunset Boulevard to Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Hollywood (Sunday only)
- Hollywood Boulevard, between Highland and La Brea Avenues
The following streets are anticipated to close starting at 9 a.m. until the end of the march, but may close earlier if necessary to support the safety of the marchers:
- La Brea Avenue, between Hollywood and Sunset Boulevards
- Sunset Boulevard, between La Brea and Fairfax Avenues
- Fairfax Avenue, between Sunset Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard
- Santa Monica Boulevard, between Fairfax Avenue and the City of West Hollywood
Other associated closures:
- Sunset Boulevard, between Highland and La Brea Avenues
- Westbound Franklin Avenue, between Highland and La Brea Avenues
- Impacts to Highland Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard, east of Highland Avenue
WeHo Parking Rules
The City of West Hollywood has announced it will suspend enforcement of permit parking for Pride weekend from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017 to 12 p.m. on Monday, June 12, 2017. All metered parking will be enforced. In Hollywood, the City of Los Angeles and the City of Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions will be enforced.
If you are WeHo bound, limited public parking may be available on a first come/first served basis at the Pacific Design Center, located at 8687 Melrose Avenue; Kings Road Parking Structure, located at 8383 Santa Monica Boulevard; Hancock Parking Structure, located at 901 Hancock Avenue; and Palm Lot, located at 815 Palm Avenue.
Important for Sunday
Getting to #ResistMarch
METRO RED LINE – Exit Hollywood & Highland station. In case of overcrowding, consider exiting at Hollywood & Vine and walking west a few blocks. CLICK HERE.
LOCAL BUS – Local MTA buses will be operating right up until the start of the march. For West Hollywood residents we recommend taking the 2 or 302 anywhere along Sunset Blvd to Sunset / Highland. It is a 20 minute journey plus 5 minutes of walking. CLICK HERE for the 2/302 timetable.
LONG RANGE BUS – See below regarding our partnership with Bus.com or CLICK HERE to book.
UBER – Click for app. Drop off points will be determined by UBER.
TAXI – Click for app or see list below. You will not be able to get closer than two blocks away.
DRIVING – We highly discourage driving but if you must drive, we suggest you allow plenty of time to navigate extensive road closures and to find parking. Please CLICK HERE for the Department of Transports planned road closure map.
Best Parking – A free location based app for identifying public parking lots nearby and their rates.
Parking Panda – This mobile app is called the ‘Uber’ of parking. Find nearby private lots and driveways that are renting spots for that day.
Traffic Alerts – CLICK HERE for handy updates on traffic alerts specific to the Hollywood area.
Public Transportation to Hollywood and Highland
Everyone participating in #ResistMarch is encouraged to take the bus or subway to Hollywood Boulevard near Highland. Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) bus lines that connect to the City of West Hollywood. A complete guide to bus lines and service hours can be found at www.metro.net and Metro will post service advisories regarding route changes for Pride weekend at www.metro.net/service/advisories.
WeHo Special Transit to Hollywood and Highland
During Pride weekend, the City of West Hollywood’s free shuttle to Hollywood and Highland, CityLineX, and West Hollywood’s free weekend ride along Santa Monica Boulevard, The PickUp, will get together and become Pride Ride.
You can get to and from Hollywood and Highland using Pride Ride. The service will operate on Friday, June 9, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 3 a.m. (with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at approximately 9 p.m.) and on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. (with service to and from Hollywood and Highland ending at approximately 1 a.m.).
On the day of #ResistMarch, Sunday, June 11, 2017, beginning at 7 a.m., CityLineX vehicles will depart regularly to transport residents to Hollywood and Highland. Following the march, Pride Ride will provide eastbound service. Route details and specifics will be available online prior to the #ResistMarch. For more information, please visit www.wehopickup.com or www.weho.org/cityline.
For additional information, please visit the following websites:
- City of West Hollywood’s One City One Pride —www.weho.org/pride
- Christopher Street West (CSW) / LA Pride —www.lapride.org
- #ResistMarch — www.resistmarch.org