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LA Pride Weekend Kicks Off With Festival, Where Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Attend

The annual Pride Parade on Sunday will be replaced by what has been dubbed the #ResistMarch

Hundreds of thousands of people were expected to descend on West Hollywood Saturday for the 47th annual LA Pride Festival, featuring carnival rides, games, exhibits, food and musical acts continuing throughout the weekend.

Chromeo and Aaron Carter headlined the musical entertainment Saturday, with Brandy earning top billing on Sunday.

The festival is billed as one of the nation's largest celebrations of the LGBTQ community. A series of events were held over the past week leading up to the event, which officially began Friday night with the annual Dyke March on Santa Monica Boulevard.

This year's festival has been reduced in size due to construction in West Hollywood, but organizers aren't anticipating a major drop-off in attendance.

A protest against the presidential administration is set to take place on Pride Weekend. Mekahlo Medina reports for the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 9, 2017.

A major change in the annual event will be most noticeable on Sunday, when the annual Pride Parade will be replaced by what has been dubbed the #ResistMarch beginning in Hollywood. The event, which is expected to attract as many as 100,000 people, is scheduled to start with speakers and a rally at 9 a.m., but participants likely will 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. After hearing from speakers, the marchers 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.

Motorists should anticipate major street closures throughout the weekend, but particularly on Sunday to accommodate the parade.

San Vicente will remain closed between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard until 8 a.m. Monday for the festival.

With LA Pride and a resist march set for this weekend, a number of street closures were planned in Hollywood and West Hollywood. Rick Montanez reports live for Today in LA on Friday, June 9, 2017.

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 could 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.

Next week’s LA Pride is canceling the parade to instead host a “resist march.” Mekhalo Medina reports for the NBC4 News on Friday, June 2, 2017.
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