I got my wristband! Now what?
YAY!! That means you’re going to the 2018 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 2018 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.
Can I upgrade my wristband?
Yes, you will be able to upgrade your wristband. More details coming soon.
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, thus, 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 2018 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 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.
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.
There will also be road closures on Sunday, June 9th for the LA Pride Parade. Please check here for more information as we get closer to the event.
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?
As the 2018 campaign theme – #JUSTBE – suggested, 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 Festival will have tons of delicious food and beverage to choose from, including vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options 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 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
- Outside beverage/food items
- Carts, tents, and chairs of any kind
- 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)
- Illegal or illicit substances of any kind
- Professional photography equipment
- Video equipment
- 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 Festival grounds (that can be filled up at water stations in the Festival). 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 2018 LA Pride Parade Grand Marshal was transgender activist, entrepreneur, and restauranteur Michaela Mendelsohn. We have not announced the 2019 Grand Marshal yet.
How does LA Pride pick its Grand Marshal?
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.