The Glorious History of the LA Pride Parade, Flare-Ups and All

Gay Pride Parade on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles, 1977. (Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive, UCLA Library Special Collections)

LA Pride’s split personality virtually guarantees a lively if not dicey festival, this year being an especially painful case in point. On one hand, it’s an unabashed celebration of the LGBT community’s out-and-proud mantra, but it also has deep roots in political activism and protests.

The parade and festival commemorate one of the most important events in gay history, the 1969 rebellion at the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in New York.

So LA Pride, born of controversy and mixed missions, continues to travel treacherous territory in its 46th year of being run by Christopher Street West (CSW). The most recent flare-up, as unpleasant as the vitriol seemed, was far from the worst of times for festival organizers and the city, though.

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