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PRIDEForty-five years of L.A. PRIDE! Christopher Street West, will once again be hosting the biggest LGBT celebration in southern California; in honor of what many people consider one of the most remembered events of gay and lesbian rights, the Stonewall Riots of 1969.

The celebration begins Friday June 12 and will go on to the 14. Artists such as Tamar Braxton, Kesha, Ana Barbara, and Firth Harmony will partake in the weekend-long festivities.

On Friday, Santa Monica Blvd (from West Hollywood Park) to San Vicente Blvd will be busy, as the Dyke March rally begins at 7 p.m. Upon return, L.A. PRIDE will be celebrating activist women, honoring lesbians, who have paved the way for today’s LGBT community, with a free Lavender Menace party.

pride rainbowSaturday, marks the official opening for L.A. PRIDE. The event that only costs $20 per day, features hundreds of business exhibitors that support the LGBT community, food, and art. In addition, there will be plenty of artists and multiple stages throughout the West Hollywood Park.

Thousands of LGBT and their supporters will flood the streets of West Hollywood on Sunday at 11 a.m., for the highlight of the event, the Los Angeles Gay Pride Parade. The parade runs along Santa Monica Blvd. from Crescent Heights Blvd. to Robertson Blvd.

The celebration continues even after the event ends each day. Local gay bars and clubs will be open until later than usual with special prices in honor of PRIDE weekend.