Much of Santa Monica Boulevard will close for the annual parade and festival
The ticketed Pride Festival at West Hollywood Park takes place noon to 1 p.m. Saturday and noon to 11 p.m. Sunday. All other events, including Friday evening’s Opening Night Celebration and Dyke March, Saturday’s Pride on the Boulevard event, and Sunday’s Pride Parade (which begins at 10:45 a.m.) will be free to attend.
To accommodate the festivities, West Hollywood is closing a number of streets, so if you’re planning to attend—or simply traveling through the neighborhood—you’ll want to be aware of the closures. Here’s what to expect:
- Santa Monica Boulevard is now closed in the eastbound direction between Hancock Avenue and Robertson Boulevard. The same segment of the street will close in the westbound direction at 9 a.m. Saturday. From 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, the street will close in both directions between Fairfax Avenue and Doheny Drive. The entire boulevard will reopen early Monday morning.
- San Vicente Boulevard is closed between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue in both directions. It will also reopen Monday morning.
- Robertson Boulevard will close at 9 a.m. Saturday between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue. It will reopen Monday morning.
- Streets will also close one block to the north and one block to the south of Santa Monica Boulevard between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday, the day of the parade.
According to the city’s website, metered parking will be available throughout the weekend (it will also be enforced), and the city is suspending permit parking restrictions until Monday at noon.
Paid parking will also be available at municipal parking garages.
Given the number of people likely to attend the event, driving may not be the best way to get there. Several Metro bus lines travel close to the festival and parade, including the 4 or 704, 10, 30, 105 or 705, 212, and 217.
You can also hop on the Red Line and get off at the Hollywood/Highland subway station. Once above ground, hop on a free shuttle to stops around West Hollywood. The city is merging existing shuttle routes to form a line called Pride Ride. It will run from 1 p.m. until 3 a.m. Friday, from 11 a.m. until 3 a.m. Saturday, and from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday.
For more information on the shuttle route and schedule, check out the map here, or call 323-848-6510.
Source: Curbed LA – All – Elijah Chiland