2009 Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade

Crowds will continue to feel the palpable excitement amid the largest gathering of the LGBT community in Southern California by playing witness to this historical and time-honored tradition.

Participants are encouraged to get their place along Santa Monica Blvd. in the City of West Hollywood early as over 400,000 people look forward to this dynamic and crowd-pleasing display of moving community creativity. The Parade steps-off at Crescent Heights and extends past the Grand Bandstand viewing area at the Veterans Triangle on Holloway to its final completion at Robertson Blvd. As part of the parade, there will be a Silent Celebration at exactly 12:00 noon, where for one full minute, all are invited to quietly remember those who are no longer with us, to honor those who cannot be with us today and celebrate those who are oppressed and continue fighting for Pride and the freedom we will achieve.

Los Angeles celebrates Gay Pride in mid-June (June 12 to 14 in 2009), to honor what many consider to be one of the foremost events in the history of lesbian and gay rights, the Stonewall Riots, which commenced early in the morning on June 28, 1969 at New York City's still busy Stonewall gay bar. Los Angeles Gay Pride was begun just a year after Stonewall, in 1970, and has been growing stronger every year since - this year will be the 40th annivesary of the Stonewall Riots, and this coupled with the activism generated around gay marriage as a result of the political events of 2008 ensure huge crowds for the 2009 event (especially as the Grand Marshals are the ever-fabulous duo of Chelsea Handler and Chuy Bravo). It's produced by Christopher Street West and takes place in L.A.'s most gay-identified area, the city of West Hollywood.