• Joshua Specks walks west on Hollywood Blvd. during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd....

    The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday,...

    The annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd....

    The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A traditional Aztec dancer performs on Hollywood Blvd.  during the...

    A traditional Aztec dancer performs on Hollywood Blvd. during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Joshua Specks walks west on Hollywood Blvd.  during the year...

    Joshua Specks walks west on Hollywood Blvd. during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd....

    The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Rams cheerleaders travel west on Hollywood Blvd during...

    The Rams cheerleaders travel west on Hollywood Blvd during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd....

    The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Traditional Aztec dancers perform on Hollywood Blvd.  during the year...

    Traditional Aztec dancers perform on Hollywood Blvd. during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd....

    The annual LA Pride Parade moves west on Hollywood Blvd. on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • The City of Angels Pipe Band performs on Hollywood Blvd....

    The City of Angels Pipe Band performs on Hollywood Blvd. during the annual LA Pride Parade in Los Angeles on Sunday, June 12, 2022. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the LA Pride Parade returned on Sunday, June 12 on a new route in Hollywood.

The lively parade rolled along Hollywood and Cahuenga boulevards, featuring celebrities, elaborate fashion, exuberant music and a myriad of LGBTQ pride statements.

After the parade, Pride Village wooed the crowds on Hollywood Boulevard, with sponsor tents, drinks, carnival attractions, vendors, performances and an Equality California mobile clinic offering COVID-19 vaccines and boosters. .

Paula Abdul served as “Icon Grand Marshal”, and other notable attendees included “Celebrity Grand Marshal” Mark Indelicato of “Ugly Betty” and “Hacks”, and “Community Grand Marshal” Sir Lady Java.

Miss Ukraine 2018 Veronika Didusenko rode in a car with Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred to support Ukraine in its war with Russia and LGBTQ rights.

The LA Pride Parade, produced by Christopher Street West, has been described as the nation’s second largest Pride Parade. Usually taking place in West Hollywood, the parade was canceled in 2020, on what would have been its 50th anniversary, due to COVID-19 precautions. The parade was again canceled in 2021 due to COVID-19 concerns.

“We considered many options for the parade, both traditional and progressive,” said Gerald Garth, vice president of programs and initiatives for Christopher Street West, in the February announcement of the venue change. “Hollywood as the original historic location of the first Los Angeles protest 50 years ago was a natural fit to honor what Pride truly means and where Pride will go in the future. We continue to work closely with city and community stakeholders to confirm additional details that we hope to share very soon. »

LA Pride isn’t the only way to celebrate and honor the LGBTQ community this month.

Long Beach will host the area’s other major parade and festival July 8-10 after going virtual the previous two years.

The July dates are a change from when Long Beach Pride usually took place, which is in May. Long Beach Pride began in 1984 and typically attracts over 75,000 people.

The change, organizers said, is intended to allow celebrants to enjoy the beautiful views of downtown Long Beach with warmer and longer days.

The parade, on Sunday, July 10, will be Long Beach’s 37th edition.

The three-day Long Beach festival will feature a rainbow ice rink, a silent disco, community walls for guests to share their stories and a glam makeup drag team – which can give full makeovers or just a quick touch-up . There will also be areas reserved for families and seniors.

Pride will also feature the Transcendence Dome, a pop-up museum that will pay homage to transgender women of color who pioneered the festival.

And Long Beach has its own musical headliners: rapper Iggy Azalea and Spanish singer-songwriter Natalia Jiménez will headline this year’s festival.

“This year’s Long Beach Pride will be our biggest ever,” Long Beach Pride President Elsa Martinez said in a press release, “and will become the gold standard for Pride festivals around the world.”

Pride Month activities aren’t just for these two weekends.

San Pedro Pride, for example, will sponsor an outdoor party from 1 to 9 p.m. on June 18 at 425 W. Fifth St. A Pride flag will be raised at Sixth Street and Harbor Boulevard near the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

That same day will also feature the first large-scale celebration of Catalina Island Pride. Catalina Pride will take place from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Avalon and will feature a march and performances.

And then, on June 24, LA Pride will return with an after-hours party at Universal Studios. This evening will take place from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m.

But while the LA Pride festival and parade are free, the Universal Studios party — and other Pride-related events — require tickets.

It also costs money to attend the Long Beach Pride Festival.

For more details on LA or Long Beach Pride parades, visit lapride.org Where longbeachpride.com.