|Time once again for LA PRIDE. But this is not just another Pride
festival...and it's not just the second year of the community-driven three-year
vision PRIDE 365: Power, Passion, Purpose...this is the 40th Anniversary
of LA PRIDE! Christopher Street West Board President Rodney Scott and his
staff have every right to be proud of a job well done.
This year's edition of LA PRIDE is similar in some ways to previous
Pride festivals. You will see the best (and the worst) drag queens the
city has to offer and there is, of course, a large number of shirtless
males displaying what they each consider to be the best chest, abs and
nipples in the city. Aside from the shirtless boys, other tasty treats
include a wide selection of food items for hungry visitors, including the
presence of some interesting food trucks serving up some good eats.
much to see, so much to do at LA PRIDE.
40th Anniversary festival is even bigger and better!
who counts calories at LA PRIDE? Nothing tastes
on a warm sunny day than a cool banana split!
While its nice to see the regular participants, such as Gelson's Market,
The Trevor Project, and Walgreen's just to name a few, it was really cool
to see some new exhibitors showcasing interesting products and services.
& About Tours (Outandabout-Tours.com) offers Hollywood's first
and only gay bus tour that reveals L.A.'s hidden gay history. They offer
a 'Sungay Brunch' tour, as well.
Everyone is into organics these days, so why not a 95% organic personal
lubricant? Green Love Lube (GreenLoveLube.com) is aloe vera
based and doesn't contain any of the nasty chemicals you may find in other
lubricants. It is Vitamin E enhanced and has essential oils of lavender
and vanilla. The 'Jungle' scented lube smells great and feels even better!
(Hey, I have to do my research, right?)
don't get any healthier than this. You have to
the bike to power the blender that mixes your drink.
I found the most popular attraction at LA PRIDE.
wait their turn to use the porta-toilets.
As good as LA PRIDE is, I guess there may be room for improvement and
I have no doubt that organizers will solve this problem by next year -
but let's talk about porta-toilets. Instead of placing them conveniently
throughout the festival area, they are all in a row at one end of the grounds.
Not only does this make them a bit inconvenient, but it also results in
hundreds of people crowded into one not-so-large area. This human traffic
jam makes it challenging for those not waiting for the porta-toilets to
pass by. As I wait my turn, I can hear people yelling to those in adjoining
'stalls': "Do you have any toilet tissue in yours?" Yikes - I can only
imagine the adventure that awaits me when I eventually reach the front
of this long line.
TV crew interviews exhibitors. A representative of Equality
happily discusses the organization's oustanding work.
LA PRIDE, San Vicente Boulevard provides a paved
floor for those who want to move to the DJ's tunes.
Just around the corner at Millions of Milkshakes on Santa Monica
Boulevard, hip hop mogul and entrepreneur Russell Simmons has arrived to
launch a very special beverage during LA PRIDE - the NOH8
Shake. Proceeds from the sale of the shake will go to the NOH8
campaign. I heard someone ask what ingredients go into the shake and the
answer, of course, is...whatever multi-millionaire star maker Russell Simmons
wants to put in it! Actually, the rich, creamy shake consists of vegan
ice cream, soy milk, Oreo cookies, and cocoa powder. Delicious!
many people does it take to make a NOH8
one to blend it and three to watch. Good job!
based on the enthusiasm with which Russell is sipping
drink, the NOH8
Shake is as tasty as it's concept!
It seems as though there is less stage entertainment at LA PRIDE 2010
than in previous years, with DJs filling the gaps. But as performers take
their place on the main stage, they are top names that definitely do not
disappoint. Among those on the talent roster this year are Kelis, En Vogue,
Martha Davis & The Motels, and Kelly Rowland. A large, alcohol-saturated
crowd is getting a little rowdy as Kelly Rowland takes the stage but, overall,
everyone seems to be having a good time while celebrating the 40th Anniversary
of LA PRIDE.
milkshake brings all the boys to LA PRIDE's
stage. It's popular Grammy nominee Kelis.
Davis & The Motels sing a number of their
hits for the enthusiastic LA PRIDE crowd.
This year's PRIDE parade seems like one of the biggest and best to date,
featuring not only colorful floats and beautiful people of all ages and
colors, but also a number of well-known celebrities and local politicians
showing their support for the LGBT community. There are also a number of
strategically placed anti-gay protesters and, with the exception of Grand
Marshals Sharon and Kelly Osbourne who have decided to exchange words with
a few of the protesters, the festive crowd is doing a good job of ignoring
the messages of hate. In addition to floats sponsored by local organizations
and corporate sponsors, there are also entries from other PRIDE festivals,
including OC PRIDE, LONG BEACH PRIDE and LAS VEGAS PRIDE.
activities included LA PRIDE emcee Momma
performances such as this one by CheerLA.
by for a quick interview in support of NOH8,
(r) and Sophie Simmons of Gene Simmons' Family Jewels.
NEWS...CNN's Jane Velez Mitchell recently
out and is LA PRIDE's 'Person of the Year' .
Sheriff Lee Baca (nice hat) and LAPD Chief Charlie Beck
to show their support for the LGBT community.
and Sharon Osbourne take their Grand Marshal duties
They are shouting down several anti-gay protesters.
this is the best delivery service ever! OC PRIDE sent
truckload of hot men to join the festivities here in WeHo.
Simmons, Shannon Tweed, Adam Bouska and
partner Jeff Parshley lead the parade's NOH8
would the LA PRIDE parade be without a float decorated
colorful balloons and hot men in (and out) of their briefs!