Friday Jun 7, 2013
West Hollywood , California
Formed in 1970, the year after the Stonewall Riots in New York ignited the modern gay rights movement, Christopher Street West produced, along with New York, the first Gay Pride march. Only a handful of people were brave enough to announce their identities to the world in 1970; today, more than half a million gather in West Hollywood for what has become the annual Greater Los Angeles LGBT Pride Celebration. Hosted by the City of West Hollywood, L.A.'s Pride Parade winds its way down Santa Monica Boulevard, with plenty of organizations, bands, colorfully dressed (or undressed) marchers and, of course, go-go boys on sponsored floats. They all converge at the Pride Festival in West Hollywood Park before quenching their thirst from all that walking at one of the many area bars or clubs taking part in the celebration. You already know that L.A. is home to some of the nation's hottest men; here they'll be at their friendliest. Mix them with the always-hopping scene along the Santa Monica Boulevard strip, and you've got yourself one of the biggest and best Pride celebrations in the world.