Several streets in West Hollywood and Hollywood will be shut down this weekend because of the annual LA Pride Festival and a planned protest march.
The two-day festival will take place Saturday and Sunday in West Hollywood, where street closures will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, with San Vicente Boulevard shutting down between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard, remaining off-limits until 8 a.m. Monday.
To accommodate the Dyke March, Holloway Drive will be closed Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. between Santa Monica Boulevard and Hacienda Place. Starting around 8 p.m., Santa Monica Boulevard will close briefly between La Cienega Boulevard and San Vicente to accommodate the march.
On Sunday, the annual Pride Parade will be replaced by what has been dubbed the #ResistMarch beginning in Hollywood. The event is scheduled to start with speakers and a rally at 9 a.m., but participants will likely begin gathering as early as 8 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
Organizers said the Resist event was inspired by the huge women's marches that took place across the globe a day after President Donald Trump's inauguration and will serve to advocate for human rights. The event is scheduled to start with speakers and a rally at 9 a.m., but participants will likely begin gathering as early as 8 a.m. at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue.
After hearing from speakers, the march will move south on La Brea Avenue, west on Sunset Boulevard, south on Fairfax Avenue, then west on Santa Monica Boulevard, ending at the Pride Festival in West Hollywood.
According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, Hollywood Boulevard will be closed between Highland and La Brea avenues from 6 a.m. to noon Sunday. The following streets are expected to close at 9 a.m. until the march ends, but the closures cold begin earlier depending on the event:
- La Brea between Hollywood and Sunset;
- Sunset between La Brea and Fairfax;
- Fairfax between Sunset and Santa Monica; and
- Santa Monica between Fairfax and into the city of West Hollywood. Sunset is expected to be closed between Highland and La Brea for the event, as will westbound Franklin Avenue between Highland and La Brea.