Christopher Street West, the non-profit that produces the annual Los Angeles Pride Parade and Festival, announced it would cancel all in-person events for the remainder of the year; however, the organization, in partnership with KABC and iHeartMedia Los Angeles, has reimagined how Angelenos can celebrate Pride month.
L.A.’s first virtual Pride Parade will air as a 90-minute primetime special exclusively on ABC7 on June 27 at 8 p.m. ABC7 Eyewitness news anchors Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, with special guest host and actress Raven-Symone, will host the event.
“Our ongoing partnership with KABC is special to our organization, and we are excited to be working together to develop an unforgettable special that celebrates the longstanding history of LA Pride and our local LGBTQ+ community,” said Estevan Montemayor, president of the CSW board of directors. “We are proud to kick-off our digital initiatives with a special that will commemorate and honor our brave and fearless pioneers who have fought over the last five decades, and continue to fight, to create LGBTQ+ equality.”
CSW also announced the 2020 L.A. Pride Grand Marshals are CSW and L.A. Pride co-founder the Rev. Troy Perry as the community grand marshal and Project Angel Food as the organizational grand marshal.
KABC and CSW partnered together to reimagine the 50th anniversary of L.A. Pride for Angelenos and continue the traditions set by the L.A. Pride Parade and Festival as one of the biggest pride events in the country each year. The celebration will take place as a virtual festival that pays tribute to the history of L.A. Pride and celebrates the Los Angeles area’s storied role in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.
“We are proud to extend our partnership with CSW for the second year in a row to present the 50th Anniversary Celebration of L.A. Pride,” said Cheryl Fair, president and general manager of KABC. “We are, above all, committed to delivering the strongest programming and storytelling that authentically reflects the communities we serve. Despite the unfathomable disruptions as a result of the pandemic, we are thrilled to bring the community together through this year’s reimagined virtual celebration that we hope will entertain, inform, and inspire all.”
The special will feature in-depth interviews, spotlight local unsung heroes and community activists.
For information, visit lapride.org.
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