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LA Pride celebration kicks off today

WEST HOLLYWOOD, California -- LGBT Pride season in Southern California is in full swing, with the Christopher Street West/LA Pride festivities beginning today with "A Community Pride Kick-Off Celebration."

Tonight's event is just one of many Pride activities that have been organized, culminating with this weekend's festival and parade. In fact, in partnership with the City of West Hollywood, Christopher Street West (the organization that produces LA Pride) is in the midst of its "One City, One Pride" program, presenting 40 days of art, culture, education and community that began May 22.

"One City One Pride" is a citywide celebration of the one-year anniversary of marriage equality in California. Events continue through June 30 and the full calendar is HERE.

The kick-off party will take place tonight from 6-10 at the West Hollywood Library, located at 625 N. San Vicente Blvd., and include a “TLGB Shorts Showcase” presented by OutFest, live entertainment, a food truck showcase, library tours and exhibits, open gymnasium, and music by DJ Woody Woodbeck. More information is HERE.

The main Pride weekend events begin Friday evening and continue through Sunday, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to converge upon West Hollywood to celebrate.

WeHo Dyke March and Lavender Menace

LA Pride officially kicks off Friday night with a gathering to celebrate the achievements of the lesbian community, while realizing the challenges still to come. The evening begins with a rally and the annual Dyke March at 7 pm, followed by a free Friday night music festival called Lavender Menace.

Details about these events are HERE.

Trans*Party LA

Also happening Friday night is Trans*Party LA, a special event celebrating the transgender community. Pride organizers call it “a free-for-all friday. Literally.” and invite the entire community to this free celebration. The party starts at 7 pm. More information is HERE.

Pride Festival

Over 50,000 people are expected to participate in the annual LA Pride Festival, taking place Saturday and Sunday. The event includes a number of entertainment stages, food, drinks, vendors and more. Special attractions include an art and culture exhibit, country pavillion, Erotic City, hip hop and R&B area, the Latino Carnival, TranStation and the youth space.

Numerous performers will take the stage over the weekend, including headliners Jennifer Hudson and Azealia Banks.

Festival hours are noon to midnight on Saturday and 11 am to 11 pm on Sunday.

More information about the festival is HERE.

Parade

Hundreds of thousands of revelers will line Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday for the annual LA Pride Parade, this year featuring grand marshal Demi Lovato.

The parade begins at 11 am and will include a diverse array of contingents. Just before the Parade is the annual Pride Run.

Spectators of the run and parade are encouraged to arrive early and consider their parking options in advance.

More information about the Parade is HERE.