Hollywood was a sea of rainbows, glitter and leather this past weekend, as we celebrated and commemorated 45 years since the Stone Wall Riots.
Hundreds of thousands of people of all ages, gathered around Santa Monica Boulevard for the most awaited celebration of the weekend, the LA PRIDE Parade.
The LA PRIDE Parade, along with many other things, is to â€œcelebrate those that have fought for Pride and the freedoms we now enjoy and to think of those who cannot celebrate Pride and remain oppressed,â€ according the LA Pride website. And in remembrance of those people, the annual moment of silence took place at noon.
The grand marshals of Â LA PRIDE were Rev. Troy Perry and Zoey, a 13-year-old transgender activist, who was born boy but is now girl; at the same time, the community grand marshals were the cast and crew of â€œTransparent.â€
Other participants at Pride included Mayor Robert Garcia, who not too long ago openly admitted to being gay, Mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, Â Betty DeGeneres, and Channing Tatum, who showed us his best dance moves on the â€œMagic Mike XXLâ€ float, amongst others.
Artist Ana Barbara sang her greatest hits at the Latino Carnivale Stage, as she ended her â€œGay Club Tourâ€ at LA Pride. Becky G made her first appearance ever at any LGBT event and hyped up spectators as she sang some of her hits. Sonora Tropicana, made everyone dance their Cumbiaâ€™s, as fans of all ages and ethnicities reminisced their hits. Chiquis Rivera made a surprise appearance as hundreds of fans waited in line to take a picture.
In the main stage, Ke$ha, Wilson Phillips and Fifth Harmony amongst others, made the crowd sing their lungs out and made everyone dance until they could no more.
LA PRIDE gets stronger every year. It is a time for love, awareness, education, but most importantly, acceptance. Acceptance that whether lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transsexual we all live in one earth and whether we like it or not, we are all the same and deserve equal treatment and rights. #Life is Beautiful.