WEHOville Christopher Street West, the West Hollywood nonprofit that produces the annual LA Pride Festival and Parade, today announced that it is bidding to host WorldPride in Los Angeles in 2025.

WorldPride was founded by the non-profit LGBTQ+ rights organization, InterPride, which meets annually in different cities around the world where its members select the host city for the next WorldPride event. 

LA Weekly - The DTLA Proud Festival just completed its fourth consecutive year at its home in Pershing Square where — despite news-grabbing headlines about an apparent transphobic incident that occurred at a bar nearby — delivered the same celebratory, circuit-like party atmosphere that the downtown LGBTQ community has come to expect from the event.

This year, DTLA Proud offered over 100 LGBTQ-identified performing artists, an urban water park with an in-house DJ (a Summertramp tie-in), a curated collection of queer marketplace merchants and “Artist Alley” vendors, an LGBTQ history exhibit in partnership with One Archives, multiple photo booths and various art installations from local downtown artists.

LA Blade - The memory of Pride Month lingers, but now it’s time to create some new affectionate recollections—and DTLA (Downtown Los Angeles) Proud has a wellspring of synaptic stimulation for the taking, when that booster of “the diverse LGBTQ population that lives, works and plays in LA’s fastest-growing gayborhood” throws its annual community festival, featuring a slew of fabulous new offerings.

“We really believe in the four pillars of spreading optimism, growing the community, celebrating everyone’s story, and expanding our definition of diversity,” says DTLA Proud Board of Directors President Oliver Alpuche, of the four-year-old non-profit organization’s mission statement. “Everything we do has those filters in it, whether we’re planning events or visualizing our community center.”

WEHO Times - DTLA Proud Festival 2019 returned to Pershing Square for the fourth year with three days of LGBTQ art, history, activism and some trampy fun thrown in the mix. The festival was lit with drag performers, comedy, music, food and drink, interactive exhibits and the Summer Tramp pool party was back with it’s notorious pop-up inflatable water park.

This year’s event included 16 food trucks, community booths, a queer marketplace, the works of 20 local queer artists, and three live art installations that express Los Angeles’ diversity. There were also plenty of photo opportunities with interesting back drops and floaties all over the festival. 

WEHOville - Thousands lined Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood Sunday for the 2019 LA Pride Parade, the ultimate event in a three-day celebration themed #JustUnite, images of which were captured by Derek Wanker and posted at the end of this story.

West Hollywood City Council members (left to right) John Duran, Lindsey Horvath, Lauren Meister, John D’Amico and John Heilman.

The parade began at 11 a.m. at Crescent Heights Boulevard and continued west along Santa Monica Boulevard to Robertson Boulevard. People were seen arranging their folding chairs along the route as early as 8 a.m.

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