Celebrating LGBT Pride Will Require Some Closures in West Hollywood

This month West Hollywood is celebrating decades of open acceptance of LGBT life and culture. But that will mean closing some city facilities and streets.

The LA Pride celebration will take place from Friday through Sunday and will include the Pride Festival in West Hollywood Park, the Pride on the Boulevard events on Santa Monica Boulevard, and the annual  Pride Parade on Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday. The city is encouraging those attending the events to use public transportation, ride share services, and the city’s free shuttle and trolley services during Pride weekend.

Here is what residents won’t have access to during the Pride events:

— West Hollywood Park will be closed from 6 a.m. this  Monday to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12. That includes the two dog parks located in West Hollywood Park.

— West Hollywood Library will be closed beginning Friday, June 7. through the weekend and will reopen at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 10.

 — West Hollywood Pool will be closed beginning this Monday, and will reopen on Monday, June 17.

A number of streets will be closed during the weekend events.  The West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station (@whdlasd) will live-tweet street re-openings. Those closures include:

— Santa Monica Boulevard eastbound will be closed between Hancock Avenue and Robertson Boulevard beginning Friday, June 7 at 10 a.m. and will reopen on Monday, June 10, for morning rush hour.

— Santa Monica Boulevard westbound will be closed between Hancock Avenue and Robertson Boulevard beginning Saturday, June 8, at 9 a.m. and will reopen on Monday, June 10, for morning rush hour;

— 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, .

— Robertson Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 8, and will reopen on Monday, June 10, for morning rush hour.

 — Santa Monica Boulevard in both directions will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 9. as noted above, Santa Monica Boulevard from Hancock to Robertson Boulevard will remain closed until morning rush hour on Monday, June 10.

 — Streets one block north and south 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.

West Hollywood will suspend enforcement of permit parking for Pride weekend from 4 p.m. on Friday, June 7, to noon on Monday, June 10.

All metered parking will be enforced on Friday, June 7 through Sunday, June 9. Those attending the Pride events are encouraged to observe all posted parking restrictions.  If you are parking in the adjacent cities of Los Angeles and/or Beverly Hills, all parking restrictions must be observed.

Public parking will be available at the following locations for a fee on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

— Kings Road Parking Structure, 8383 Santa Monica Blvd.

— La Jolla/Havenhurst Lot, 1043 La Jolla Ave.

— Orange Grove Lot, 1114 N. Orange Grove Ave.

— Spaulding Lot, 7718 Santa Monica Blvd.

— Queens Lot, 8459 Sunset Blvd.

— Sunset City Lot, 8775 Sunset Blvd.

In order to avoid traffic and parking delays, those attending the events can use alternative modes of transportation such as ride sharing services or the city’s “Pride Ride” free service: www.weho.org/prideride.  Attendees also can ahop on one of several L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) bus lines that connect to the City of West Hollywood, including: 4/704, 10, 30/330, 105/705, 212/312, 217, and 218. More information regarding bus routes  is available at www.metro.net and Metro will post service advisories regarding route changes for Pride weekend at www.metro.net/service/advisories.

For more information about Pride weekend, including a full schedule of events, visit the LA Pride website at www.lapride.org.  Information about the city’s One City One Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival is available at online at www.weho.org/pride.

This coming weekend’s Pride events in West Hollywood include:

— Dyke March (free) at Sal Guarriello Veterans’ Memorial at Santa Monica Boulevard and Holloway Drive, Friday from 6  to 8 p.m.

 — Pride opening night celebration (free) at West Hollywood Park, Friday from 6 p.m. to midnight., details at www.lapride.org.

— Pride Festival at West Hollywood Park, Saturday, from noon to 1 a.m. and Sunday from noo. to 11 p.m., details and tickets at www.lapride.org. Tickets range from $454.75 for a full weekend “VIP backstage experience” to $34.75 for attendance on either Saturday or Sunday.

— Pride on the Boulevard (free) on Santa Monica Boulevard, Saturday and Sunday, from noon to 7 p.m.; and

 — The Pride parade (free) on Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday beginning at 10:45 a.m.


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Weho Joe
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Weho Joe

Why isn’t the city hall parking structure available for pride weekend. It was suppose to serve the neighborhood as well as city hall and it cost millions of tax payer dollars.

Ham
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Ham

are there any other parades in West Hollywood??? or is this the only one. we hear the noise all day and night….and then wake up to trash everywhere.

JMF
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JMF

I hope our city takes better precautions in protecting the medians we just spent a lot of money on landscaping. Each year they get totally destroyed and that’s before SMB was closed all weekend for foot traffic.

Andrew Solmssen
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Is this the first time they’ve closed Santa Monica Bl. for more than the Sunday parade? They are shutting down SMB from Hancock to Robertson eastbound 7PM Fri and westbound 9AM Sat all the way to the Monday AM rush hour! SMB outside that range will be shut from Doheny to Fairfax all day Sunday as usual. It just seems like a lot to close a big swath of Santa Monica for a couple of days.

Sunnie
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Sunnie

Hi…. Thanks for this. No parking at the PDC this year?