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Lil' Kim, Molly Ringwald headline L.A. Pride celebration this weekend

WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. – The Pride season is in full swing with Los Angeles’ annual celebration happening this weekend in West Hollywood.

The 42nd annual Christopher Street West Celebration is one of the largest Pride events in the nation and includes a two-day festival, Pride parade, and several other community events.

Longtime visitors to LA’s Pride celebration might be pleased to see some of the many changes that have been made to the event this year, including a refreshed festival layout, expanded performer lineup including a headline performance by Lil’ Kim, and a new theme: LA Pride! … and Proud of it!

LA Pride Festival

Taking place in West Hollywood Park, the LA Pride Festival will include a new layout due to the construction of the nearby West Hollywood Library and renovation of the park.

The festival will include a number of attractions, including a Water Park, Youth Space, community and vendor booths, food, beverages, and several dance and entertainment stages including the Main Stage, Country Pavilion, Underground Dance, Latino Carnival and Hip Hop Dance.

More than 75 performers will take the stages this weekend, including Cheer LA, Le Kat Alec Mapa, Jessica Sutta, Maria Jose, Ben Roman and many others. Headliner Lil’ Kim will perform at 6:10 pm Saturday, June 9, and Belinda Carlisle later that evening at 9:45 pm.

While the festival grounds are open on Saturday and Sunday, it will open up for a preview tonight during the annual women’s celebration, the Purple Party. The event will include entertainment and performances by Fortune Feimster, Bev McLellan, Frenchie Davis and others.

Tickets to the two day festival are $20 per day, with discounted admission tickets available for seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. Free admission for children younger than 12 and active duty military.

Festival hours are noon to midnight on Saturday, June 9; and 11 am to 11 pm Sunday, June 10.

For more information, click HERE.

The Parade

More than 400,000 people are expected to line Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, June 10, for the annual LA Pride Parade, stepping off at 11 am.

The event will include hundreds of contingents, including entertainers, community groups, businesses, social organizations, political figures and many others. The LA Pride Parade has become known as one of the most colorful LGBT pride parades in the nation, and is a spectator favorite.

The grand marshal of the 2012 LA Pride Parade is actress Molly Ringwald.

This year’s parade will also include the annual “Silent Celebration.” At exactly noon all spectators and contingents will be asked to observe a moment of silence during the parade and its live broadcast to remember those who have passed away who fought for LGBT equality, often times fighting severe oppression.

The parade follows Santa Monica Blvd. starting at Crescent Heights, ending at Robertson. Parking is difficult, however LA Pride suggests a few parking areas on its website.

Those who wish to watch the parade online may view a live webcast HERE.

More information about the LA Pride Parade is available HERE.

Other events

Along with numerous bar, nightclub, and other celebrations taking place throughout the LA area over Pride weekend, a number of other Pride events are being organized:

WeHo Dyke March and Rally

The Pride Run

2012 Transgender Social VIP Cocktail Reception

More information about LA Pride is available online and Facebook.