Sunday’s iconic LA PRIDE Parade featured roughly 130 entries including bag pipes, marching contingents and over-the-top floats all comprised of community groups, businesses and honorees. It was a very energetic Pride Parade with something for everybody. This was the 43rd year that Christopher Street West has produced the incredible LA PRIDE celebration. This year’s attendance numbers only reinforce the fact that the community and our straight allies were energized and excited to celebrate diversity and equality.
This past weekend’s Festival and Parade offered a diverse collection of experiences. LA PRIDE saw the return of many signature events, amazing performances and community partners and sponsors but there were also several “firsts” for attendees including active participation by the National Guard and LA PRIDE’s first-ever Super Bowl Champion.
Extra Host Maria Menounos was the Grand Marshal and was selected for her dedication to the LGBT community. Maria Menounos is passionate about various issues affecting the LGBT community including anti-bullying, HIV/AIDS and marriage equality. Through her public outreach, Menounos has brought more attention to these issues and has encouraged countless others to do the same.
In the photos of the parade, there are a number of the Andrew Christian Underwear models and who can blame me. They are super cute and very fun to watch. Several of my photos were featured on the Andrew Christian Facebook page. I hope that you enjoy the photos of the parade and that you will attend a pride celebration near you. It does still matter to be seen as out and proud!