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LGBTQ+ Pride Across the Golden State

California's LGBTQ+ 2024 Pride Extravaganza

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California's LGBTQ+ Pride Extravaganza:
Embracing Diversity in California Pride

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Updated on Feb 15 2024 12:11pm

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Embarking on a colorful journey across California, join the vibrant tapestry of Pride celebrations from Sacramento to San Diego, each event embodying unity, diversity, and the unwavering commitment to creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

Celebrating Pride across Southern, Central, and Northern California is a vibrant journey encompassing diverse communities and rich cultural expressions. Starting in Sacramento, the Sacramento Pride Weekend, organized by the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, stands out as a beacon of inclusivity, commemorating the Stonewall Rebellion and honoring the LGBTQ+ community with its diverse events. Long Beach Pride, a cornerstone event for the city, radiates inclusivity, warmth, and enjoyment, attracting nearly 100,000 attendees and showcasing a commitment to community principles. LA Pride in Los Angeles, organized by the Christopher Street West Association, is a globally renowned celebration transforming the city into a hub of self-expression, diversity, and inclusion. Moving to Fresno, the Kick Off To Fresno Rainbow Pride promises an unforgettable celebration with Sandra Bernhard, emphasizing inclusivity and social commentary. San Francisco Pride, one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations globally, takes center stage in the Bay Area, embodying resilience, visibility, and a commitment to a more inclusive world. Oakland Pride, in alliance with Pridefest Oakland, symbolizes strength and support for the LGBTQ+ community in the Bay Area. San Diego Pride invites everyone to be OUT and PROUD during its largest 2-day event, fostering pride and respect for all communities. Concluding the journey in Palm Springs, Palm Springs Pride serves as a vital advocate, originating in 1986 as Sizzle and evolving into a multi-day festival and parade that continues to raise awareness for equal rights. Together, these Pride celebrations exemplify unity, diversity, and a shared commitment to creating inclusive spaces for LGBTQ+ individuals and allies.

Long Beach Pride

May 18 - 19, 2024
Long Beach Pride, in its 41st annual celebration in 2024, promises an unforgettable three-day extravaganza that showcases the vibrancy and diversity of the LGBTQ+ community. The highlight of the event is the renowned Long Beach Pride™ parade, a dazzling procession that winds through the city streets, accompanied by live music from headline artists and beloved local talents on three dynamic stages. Attendees can indulge in a feast for the senses with an array of food and drinks, peruse over 150 arts and crafts vendors, dance to beats curated by talented DJs, and revel in captivating drag shows. The festival is a melting pot of joy, inclusivity, and acceptance, offering attendees not only a celebration of pride but also a space for community engagement, games, giveaways, and sponsored activations. Long Beach Pride is more than just an event; it's a testament to the unity and strength found in embracing one's authentic self.

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E. Ocean Blvd between Lindero Ave and Alamitos Ave

Sonoma County Pride

June 1, 2024

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Fourth Street & Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa

Fresno Pride

June 1, 2024
Fresno Rainbow Pride, the organizer of the largest LGBTQ+ event in the Central Valley, is gearing up for an unforgettable celebration with the inaugural Kick Off To Fresno Rainbow Pride. Presented by Fresno Rainbow Pride and Community Link Inc, this event proudly features the esteemed performer, actress, singer, and author Sandra Bernhard as the special guest. With nearly five decades of experience in the industry, Bernhard's diverse contributions include roles in Ryan Murphy's series American Horror Story and POSE, as well as appearances in Broad City, Difficult People, and The King of Comedy, for which she received Best Supporting Actress by the National Society of Film Critics. A pioneer of the one-woman show, Bernhard promises a unique blend of cabaret, stand-up, rock-n-roll, and social commentary. Attendees also have the opportunity for a Meet and Greet with Sandra Bernhard, adding an extra layer of excitement to this groundbreaking event in the heart of the Central Valley.

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The northeast corner of Olive & Palm Avenues

West Hollywood Pride

May 31 to June 2, 2024
WeHo Pride Weekend, scheduled for Friday, May 31, 2024, to Sunday, June 2, 2024, is set to transform West Hollywood Park into a vibrant hub of LGBTQ+ festivities. The weekend lineup is packed with exciting events, including Friday Night at OUTLOUD, a community concert with free tickets available through RSVP at www.wehopride.com. The flagship OUTLOUD @ WeHo Pride music festival, taking place throughout the weekend, promises a star-studded lineup advocating for queer voices in music. The WeHo Pride Street Fair on Saturday and Sunday along Santa Monica Boulevard will showcase diverse LGBTQ+ community groups and allied organizations, featuring live entertainment and performances on a community stage. The Women’s Freedom Festival on June 1 will spotlight emerging LGBTQ and BIPOC women and non-binary artists, while the Dyke March, also on June 1, invites participants to celebrate pride with route and timing information available at www.wehopride.com. Cap off the weekend with the colorful WeHo Pride Parade on Sunday, June 2, along Santa Monica Boulevard, celebrating LGBTQ+ representation, inclusion, and progress with music, dancing, floats, and creative flair. Whether participating or spectating, the WeHo Pride Parade offers a lively, energetic experience for everyone. Details on how to participate in the parade will be released in the coming weeks on www.wehopride.com.

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LA Pride

June 7 - 9, 2024
LA Pride is an exuberant celebration of diversity and inclusion, reaching its pinnacle with the highly anticipated Pride in the Park event held at the expansive Los Angeles State Historic Park on Friday and Saturday. Boasting multiple stages, immersive Pride experiences, and a bustling community marketplace, this large-scale music extravaganza captivates attendees with its vibrant energy. The festivities are elevated further with the iconic Mariah Carey and the trailblazing Megan Thee Stallion headlining the event, promising an unforgettable experience. The climax of LA Pride is the renowned Pride Parade, slated for Sunday, June 9th, 2024. As the largest parade in Los Angeles, it follows the historic route of the first permitted gay parade in the world, dating back to 1970. With Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street as its starting point, the parade commences at 10:30 am, creating a powerful visual spectacle and fostering a sense of unity and pride within the LGBTQ+ community and beyond.

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Sacramento Pride

June 8 - 9, 2024
Sacramento Pride Weekend, organized by the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, is a vibrant celebration that aims to create a region where LGBTQ+ individuals not only exist but thrive. With a mission to support the health and wellness of marginalized communities, advocate for equity and justice, and build a culturally rich LGBTQ+ community, Sacramento Pride stands as the largest community engagement event of the year, attracting over 20,000 attendees. The event commemorates the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, a pivotal moment in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, and honors the victims of tragedies such as the Pulse Nightclub Massacre. Recognizing the historical and ongoing struggles, the celebration embraces diversity, advocacy, LGBTQ+ culture, and community building, providing a safe and inclusive platform for visibility and action in the Sacramento Region. The net proceeds from the festivities contribute significantly to the Sacramento LGBT Community Center's year-round services, constituting approximately 2.5% of the center's annual budget.

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7th Street to 3rd Street between L and N Streets.

San Francisco Bay Area Pride

June 29 & 30, 2024
San Francisco Pride stands as a beacon of inclusivity, hosting the largest gathering of the LGBTQ+ community and allies in the nation. With over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, the annual celebration unfolds in Civic Center Plaza during the last full weekend of June. Drawing people from around the world, the event offers a platform to celebrate diversity, equality, and love. The festivities include various entertainment options, from music and performances to food vendors and merchandise stalls, along with a family garden for shared activities. The crown jewel of the celebration is the San Francisco Pride Parade on Sunday morning, featuring a diverse array of marchers, floats, dancers, and community organizations advocating for LGBTQ+ rights and promoting equality and justice. With a commitment to creating a world where everyone can be their authentic selves, San Francisco Pride has become one of the largest LGBTQ+ celebrations globally, embodying resilience, visibility, and the ongoing fight for a more inclusive and equitable world.

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Civic Center Plaza, 335 McAllister St, San Francisco, CA 94102

San Diego Pride

July 20 - 21, 2024
San Diego Pride invites everyone to embrace their authenticity during the largest 2-day event in the city, the Pride Festival, taking place on July 20 and 21, 2024. This vibrant celebration showcases the best in LGBTQ entertainment, interactive exhibits, cultural presentations, and community resources. The annual San Diego Pride Parade, a highlight of the festivities, stands as the largest single-day civic event in the region and one of the largest Prides in the United States, attracting over 300,000 people. With colorful floats and enthusiastic participants, the parade in Hillcrest honors and celebrates the LGBTQ community. The parade's route spans 1.5 miles, starting at the Hillcrest Pride Flag and culminating at Quince Dr. With a mission to foster pride and respect for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities, locally, nationally, and globally, San Diego Pride organizes Pride Weekend, a significant civic event attracting 250,000 people annually. This weekend includes the Spirit of Stonewall Rally, Pride of Hillcrest Block Party, Pride Parade, and Pride Festival, embodying the organization's commitment to serving and celebrating the diverse LGBTQ and Ally communities.

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El Prado & Sixth Ave

Oakland Pride

September 7 - 8, 2024
Oakland Pride and Pridefest Oakland have united this year, forming a powerful alliance to strengthen their sponsorship and enhance their shared mission of celebrating and supporting the diverse cultures of the LGBTQ+ community in Oakland and the surrounding Bay Area. This collaboration signifies a commitment to mutual support, fostering unity among these organizations and the broader LGBTQ+ community in Oakland. By providing a platform for every marginalized voice to be heard, both entities contribute to the creation of a safe space—a sanctuary where individuals can be their authentic selves without judgment. Oakland Pride, with its events on September 7th and 8th, including the 2nd Annual Bar Crawl, the annual Pride Parade, and the Oakland Pride Festival, stands as a beacon for the LGBTQ+ community, offering a supportive environment and a sense of belonging, fueled by the Power of Pride.

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2111 Franklin St, Oakland, CA 94612

Palm Springs Pride

October 31 - November 3, 2024
Palm Springs Pride serves as a vital advocate for the LGBTQ community in the Coachella Valley, aligning with numerous organizations such as the Palm Springs Desert Business Association, United States Association of Prides, and InterPride, among others. Originating in 1986 as Sizzle, the first Pride event in Palm Springs, the LGBTQ community gathered for a celebration that has since evolved into a multi-day festival and parade. Commemorating the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion, the organization, established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 1997, remains committed to raising awareness for equal rights. With active participation in various national and international LGBTQ advocacy groups, Palm Springs Pride brings together the diverse talents of the community to organize impactful programs, solidifying its role as a cornerstone in the Coachella Valley's vibrant LGBTQ landscape.

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Downtown Parking Structure, 275 S. Indian Canyon Drive
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