LA Pride intends to move its annual LGBTQ parade and celebrations out of West Hollywood after more than four decades in the city, the organization confirmed Wednesday.
Representatives from Christopher Street West, the nonprofit that produces LA Pride, said the parade and festival will be moved from West Hollywood in 2021, but a new location has not been announced.
"There were several factors that led to our decision in moving future Los Angeles Pride festivities. This has been an ongoing conversation within our organization for the past year given how large the celebrations have become," LA Pride said in a statement provided to City News Service. "While we are still in a phase of gathering feedback and listening to the community, we felt it was important to notify the city of our intentions given our long standing relationship with them as a partner in Los Angeles Pride."
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LA Pride officials sent a letter to the West Hollywood City Council on Tuesday that mentioned several other factors as contributing to the decision to move.
"These include construction in West Hollywood Park, the changing demographics of greater Los Angeles, our commitment to being responsive to the LGBTQIA+ community's needs, and our allyship and collaboration with other movements for social change," the letter stated, according to multiple media reports.
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LA Pride has taken place in West Hollywood every summer since 1979 and draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year.
West Hollywood responded with a statement Tuesday that emphasized the city's LGBTQ history and said the city embraces "Pride each and every day, year-round."
“Since incorporation in 1984, the City of West Hollywood has become one of the most influential cities in the world for its outspoken advocacy on LGBTQ issues. With its high concentration of LGBTQ residents and businesses — more than 40 percent of residents in West Hollywood identify as LGBTQ and three of the five members of the West Hollywood City Council are openly gay — the City of West Hollywood remains the heart of the region’s LGBTQ community. The City and its LGBTQ community embrace Pride each and every day, year-round.
“Christopher Street West has announced its intention to move the LA Pride Parade and Festival out of West Hollywood in 2021. For many years, the City of West Hollywood and CSW have enjoyed a wonderful partnership. The City extends its best wishes to CSW on future Pride activities.”
At a meeting Monday, the City Council is set to discuss how to select an event production company for other LGBTQ pride events in West Hollywood next June, according to the council agenda packet.
The parade, which started in Los Angeles city limits in 1970 partly as a reaction to the so-called Stonewall Riots in New York City in 1969, was to celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2020, before this year's event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It wound up morphing into an All Black Lives Matter demonstration in West Hollywood that drew a large crowd.
According to an economic impact study from Christopher West Street, first reported by Los Angeles Blade, the 2019 LA Pride Parade and Festival generated $74.7 million in economic output and $42.2 million in direct expenditures in Los Angeles County.