If you’ve been to Los Angeles’ gay pride parade before, chances are you’ve seen just as many glistening butts covered by glitter thongs as you have traditional protest signs.
That’s a beautiful thing, but it’s going to change a little bit this June. This year, pride prganizers have teamed up with LGBT Resist March planned for June 11th in major cities all across the country. The city will still hold parties and performances for returning attendees, but hold a protest march instead of a traditional parade.
Logistical concerns as well as the political climate appears to have affected the organizers’ decision to team up with LGBT resist march.
Construction at West Hollywood Park reduced the amount of space available for the parade and related activities, leaving them with 70% less space they had in previous years.
Los Angeles’ pride festival is a ticketed event, with tickets expected to be around $20. The festival does include a free event for the transgender community.
Anywhere from 250,000 to 500,000 people are expected to attend Los Angeles pride. January’s Women’s March brought in close to 750,000.
For many, pride parades originated in protest and remain a form of protest (though ones with way better dancing and more thongs along the way). 2017’s protest marches will just make the history more explicit for those too young to remember how far the community has come.