The annual pride parade in Los Angeles has been canceled, Wehoville reports. Instead, this year’s L.A. Pride festival will include the LGBT Resist March, a nationwide anti-Trump protest march scheduled in numerous U.S. cities on Sunday, June 11.
Christopher Street West, which organizes L.A. Pride, announced plans to downsize this year’s event during a meeting last week. According to CSW board president Chris Classen, the group has lost around 70 percent of the space used for the 2016 festival because of a three-year construction project that began earlier this year in West Hollywood Park.
“We’re doing everything we can to make sure that the people who come to the city, sometimes only once or twice a year, are going to see something familiar,” Classen said.
After the success of the Women’s March, up to 500,000 people are expected to participate in the L.A. LGBT Resist March. However, because of this year’s reduced space, the festival, which takes place June 9-11, may not be able to accommodate all the marchers.
Beginning at Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in Los Angeles proper, the march will follow a 3.1 mile path down La Brea Avenue, turning onto Santa Monica Boulevard and ending at San Vicente Boulevard in West Hollywood, near the entrance to the festival. The large number of anticipated marchers makes the inclusion of floats and cars impractical.
While last summer’s event was branded as a “music festival” due to the large number of scheduled musical performances, this year’s festival will focus less on live talent and more on DJs. In fact, CSW has yet to book any performers due to logistical uncertainties in terms of stage space.
Classen expects the pride parade to return in 2018.