Why has LA Pride been postponed in 2020?

Christopher Street West (CSW) has decided all events surrounding the 50th Anniversary of LA Pride Parade and Festival have been postponed due to health concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus). Out of an abundance of caution, following the guidance of the City of West Hollywood, and with the health and safety of the local community a first priority, the organization will be moving the 2020 LA Pride Parade and Festival to a later date.

We assure you we are working with the City of West Hollywood to confirm new dates. More information will be provided around the postponement as details become available.

Will there be programming on Friday this year?

More details to be shared soon.

When does the LA Pride Festival this year? What day? What time?

New dates for the 2020 LA Pride Parade and Festival to be shared soon.

Where does the LA Pride Festival take place?

The LA Pride Festival takes place in West Hollywood Park, along San Vicente Boulevard (between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue), and in the Pacific Design Center Plaza.

The main entrance to the Festival (aka, the “North Gate”) is located at San Vicente and Santa Monica Boulevards. There is a smaller, second entrance (aka, the “South Gate”) located at San Vicente Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. We recommend entering through the “North Gate” to avoid long waits in line.

What are the Festival hours?

  • Coming soon

Will there be community programming at the Festival?

In addition to the on-stage performances across the three Festival stages, the LA Pride Festival will host the Trans Galeria (formerly, Trans Station), Erotic City (Leather/S&M), and Sizzle (alcohol- and substance-free) activations again in 2019. There will also be a variety of local vendors, non-profit organizations, and companies exhibiting at the Festival as well as at the free-to-the-public “Pride on the Boulevard” block party taking place on Santa Monica Boulevard. Be sure to check everything out!

The LA Pride experience is focused on creating a diverse array of events and programming that the entire LGBTQ+ community and our allies can enjoy. This year, in addition to the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, we will host a series of events all week long (“Pride Week”). Check out our Events page or Facebook Events for more information.

Will Erotic City take place this year?

Yes, Erotic City will make its return to the 2020 LA Pride Festival.

How much are tickets to the Festival?

Please visit our ticketing page (once it goes live) for more information.

Where can I purchase tickets?

Tickets will go back on sale once we’ve confirmed the new dates for LA Pride 2020.

What are the Festival Box Office hours?

More details to be shared soon.

Which shipping options should I choose when purchasing online?

We only ship tickets via USPS to our customers with mailing addresses in the United States. This year we’re also happy to offer our international visitors the option to select “International Will Call” from the shipping dropdown menu. This will allow you to purchase your LA Pride tickets online and have them available for pickup at Will Call at the LA Pride Festival Box Office.

If you’ve purchased your ticket online after (TBD), you will need to pick up your wristbands at the Box Office (see above).

Can I buy my ticket the day of the event?

Single or multi-day tickets can be purchased at the LA Pride Festival Box Office, subject to availability and capacity.

I ordered my tickets online and have a few questions.

Our ticketing provider, SeeTickets can help you with any ticketing related questions. Go to https://support.seetickets.us/hc/en-us.

I ordered my tickets online and can no longer attend the postponed event.

Our ticketing provider, SeeTickets will be contacting everyone who has purchased a ticket with more information the week of March 16, 2020.

What is an RFID wristband?

The LA Pride Festival has joined the likes of other festivals around the country by using RFID wristband technology in place of paper or digital tickets. The wristband has encrypted technology that gets scanned whenever entering Festival grounds. As a part of this system, all Festival attendees must wear a wristband on their wrist – and leave it attached – for the days you’ve purchased to attend the Festival. Wristbands that have been removed over the course of the weekend – and consequently destroyed as a result of that action – will no longer be accepted as valid entry into the Festival, thus requiring you to purchase a new ticket.

When will I get my wristband?

If you purchased your tickets online by May 30th, you will receive your wristbands before the event start date. If you have not received your wristbands by then, please reach out to SeeTickets for assistance: [email protected].

If you purchased your tickets online after May 30th, you will need to pick them up at the Box Office Will Call (see above). Please be sure to have a photo ID and the credit card used to purchase your tickets on you, so we can verify your identity.

What if I have not received my wristband?

After purchasing your tickets online, you will receive an order confirmation from SeeTickets on behalf of LA Pride. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please reach out to SeeTickets for help: https://support.seetickets.us/hc/en-us.

I got my wristband! Now what?

YAY!! That means you’re going to the LA Pride Festival soon!

Treat your wristband like cash. Each wristband is good for entrance by one person only and is non-transferable. Once you have put on your wristband, DO NOT REMOVE it or attempt to loosen it! Improperly applied wristbands will delay your entrance to the Festival and destroyed wristbands (from attempted removal) will be considered invalid. We will not accept damaged or tampered wristbands as entry into the Festival. If your wristband is removed by Festival security for any reason, it WILL NOT be replaced. Thank you in advance for helping us keep the security lines moving smoothly – and for making the LA Pride experience a safe one for all!

I lost my wristband. What do I do?

Wristbands will not be replaced if lost, stolen, damaged or destroyed. You will need to purchase a new wristband online or at the LA Pride Festival Box Office. For all other questions, please reach out to SeeTickets at [email protected].

Can I upgrade my wristband?

Yes, you can upgrade your wristband. Please reach out to our ticketing partner, SeeTickets at https://support.seetickets.us/hc/en-us to make an upgrade request.

I didn’t buy my ticket at lapride.org. Is that okay?

If you want 100% confidence in your ticket purchase, you should only purchase your tickets at lapride.org through our official ticketing partner, See Tickets.

LA Pride does not support the resale of LA Pride Festival wristbands or can verify the validity of wristbands resold through third-party vendors like Craigslist, eBay, StubHub, etc.

We’ve also seen a number of instances where people try to sell their wristbands to others if they are no longer able to attend one of the two Festival days. Unfortunately, removing an LA Pride Festival wristband automatically destroys it and invalidates it. Our security will assure that wristbands are secured properly around everyone’s wrists for entry into the Festival.

Damaged or tampered wristbands will not be considered as valid for entry into the Festival in any way. If you are caught with a re-used wristband, you will not be allowed entry. No exceptions. We do this for your safety and for the safety of everyone attending the LA Pride Festival.

Will there be parking? What’s the best way to get to and from the LA Pride Festival?

We do not provide parking. We highly recommend taking public transportation or ride sharing services (i.e. Uber) as both traffic and parking in West Hollywood during LA Pride Weekend are more congested than usual.

The City of West Hollywood’s Cityline and Pick Up shuttles will also offer FREE Pride Ride service throughout the weekend. The shuttle schedule will be provided closer to the event date.

For maps and schedules, please visit https://wehopickup.com/ or https://www.weho.org/services/public-transportation-transit-options/cityline-shuttle.

Additionally, attendees may park in the parking lot at the Pacific Design Center until the lot reaches capacity. There are also other public parking lots on Santa Monica Boulevard at Kings Road and Sweetzer Avenue, respectively. The City of West Hollywood also relaxes its parking permit requirements during LA Pride Weekend to allow more people to park throughout the community.

As a general rule, do your best to arrive early on both days of the Festival – and especially on the morning of the Parade, if you want to nab a great viewing spot along the Parade route – to avoid traffic-induced parking frustrations.

Is the LA Pride Festival an all-ages event?

Yes, the LA Pride Festival is an all-ages event. Bring the kids! However, *you must be 21+ to consume alcoholic beverages on Festival grounds and 18+ to enter certain exhibitions.

*Proper identification and a 21+ wristband is required to purchase alcoholic beverages

Is there a dress code?

We want you to express your individuality and represent what Pride means to you in your own, unique way! However, because this is an all-ages event, we must draw the line at full nudity. Private parts must be covered up!

Will there be food?

The LA Pride Festival will have tons of delicious food and beverage options to choose from, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free snacks for those with specific dietary requirements.

Cash or credit?

Tickets can be purchased at the Festival Box Office with a credit card or cash. All bars and food vendors inside the Festival accept both forms of payment as well.

I gotta stay connected. Will there be WiFi?

The LA Pride Festival will have free WiFi available. Details to be provided as the weekend approaches.

What if it rains?

The LA Pride Festival will go on, rain or shine. Fortunately, we’re in Southern California, which means a major rainstorm in June is highly unlikely (but always a possibility). Let’s be honest, though, when has a little rain every stopped the LGBTQ+ community from celebrating Pride? (Answer: never!)

Are containers allowed in the LA Pride Festival?

We do not allow outside food or beverage containers into the festival grounds.

What about pets?

Due to the number of people at the LA Pride Festival, we can only accommodate service animals. We love pets just as much as you do, but we love your pet’s safety even more.

What is NOT allowed inside the LA Pride Festival?

  • Roller-skates/blades, skateboards and hoverboards
  • Bikes/scooters
  • Outside beverage/food items
  • Carts, tents, and chairs of any kind
  • Coolers
  • Glass containers (including water bottles)
  • Steel containers (including water bottles)
  • Sharpies, markers, paint pens
  • Sticks (including selfie sticks)
  • Beach balls and inflatables
  • Weapons of any kind (this includes toy guns or water guns)
  • Pets (except service dogs)
  • Alcohol
  • Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
  • Professional photography equipment
  • Video equipment
  • Instruments
  • No unauthorized/unlicensed vendors allowed
  • No unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, giveaways, etc.

*Bag checks will be required upon entering Festival grounds. Prohibited items will be confiscated by security and destroyed immediately.

What about water bottles?

Only clear, plastic, empty water bottles are allowed onto the festival grounds. We will have water stations throughout where you can fill up. All other water bottles – including your fancy Swell or Hydroflask containers – are not allowed and will be confiscated.

Who is the Grand Marshal this year?

The 2020 LA Pride Parade Grand Marshals have not yet been announced. Please check back soon.

How does LA Pride pick its Grand Marshals?

The Christopher Street West (CSW) Board of Directors selects the Grand Marshal(s) based on a number of factors, including their lifetime accomplishments and service to the LGBTQ+ community.