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The 2019 Christopher Street West LA Pride Celebration in West Hollywood is this weekend, and city officials are working to make transportation move as smoothly as possible.
Thousands of visitors expected for the weekend’s events.
The free Dyke March will be held on Friday, June 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial at Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive. The free Pride Opening Night Celebration will be held on June 7 from 6 p.m. to midnight at West Hollywood Park. Paula Abdul will perform a one-hour concert beginning at 10:30 p.m.
From noon to 1 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, and noon to 11 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, the Pride Festival at West Hollywood Park will feature acts like Meghan Trainor and Years & Years. Tickets are available at lapride.org.
From noon to 7 p.m. on June 8-9, the free Pride on the Boulevard event will feature performances by local artists, rides and attractions, beer gardens and more on Santa Monica Boulevard.
On Sunday, June 9, the Pride Parade, which begins at 10:45 a.m., will be led by grand marshals of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, activist Phill Wilson and actor and writer Ryan O’Connell.
City officials are encouraging the use of ride-sharing services and public transportation to reduce congestion. West Hollywood’s “Pride Ride” shuttles will take passengers to and from the Metro Red Line subway station at the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, as well as other popular spots along Santa Monica Boulevard. For information, visit weho.org/prideride.
Perri Sloane Goodman, transit administrator for the city of West Hollywood, said public transportation is good for the environment and relatively inexpensive, plus attendees who don’t drive can celebrate without worrying about getting behind the wheel.
“[During Pride], streets become very impacted and traffic is heavy in the area. Be a part of the solution,” Goodman said.
Those who wish to drive can pay $20 to leave their cars at city-owned parking structures and lots, including the Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.; the La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot, 1043 La Jolla Ave.; the Orange Grove Lot, 1114 N. Orange Grove Ave.; the Spaulding Lot, 7718 Santa Monica Blvd.; the Queens Lot, 8459 Sunset Blvd.; and the Sunset City Lot, 8775 Sunset Blvd.
Those lots have a combined total of 378 parking spots, and Vince Guarino, the city’s parking operations manager, said it’s difficult to predict how in-demand those spaces will be.
“Our annual Halloween Carnaval event and LA Pride in West Hollywood are our two busiest times for parking,” Guarino said.
In addition to the increased crowds, driving and parking will be impacted by street closures. Eastbound lanes of Santa Monica Boulevard between Hancock Avenue and Robertson Boulevard will be closed at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, and will reopen in time for rush hour on Monday, June 10. The westbound lanes will close at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, and will also reopen for the June 10 rush hour. Both directions of Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, as will all streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard.
Robertson Boulevard between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue will be closed at 9 a.m. Saturday, June 8, and will reopen in time for rush hour on June 10. San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, through 10 a.m. on Monday, June 10.
The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station will announce street re-openings on its Twitter account, @whdlasd. Some public areas and buildings will be closed as well.
West Hollywood Park and its dog park have been closed since June 3, and won’t reopen until 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. The West Hollywood Library will be closed from June 7-9 and will reopen at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10. The West Hollywood Pool has been closed since June 3 and will reopen at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 17.
For information, visit weho.org/pride.
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