West Hollywood is ground zero for Pride Month with Ricky Martin headlining LA Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 8, and grand marshall George Takei hosting what’s being billed as the largest parade LA Pride has ever held with a mind-boggling number of contingents, floats, dancers and luminaries. The route will run north on Highland Boulevard past the ABC7 live broadcast, then head east on Hollywood Boulevard, and south on Cahuenga Boulevard on Sunday, June 9. 

But Pride stretches across Los Angeles like a giant rainbow flag — here’s a roundup of where to celebrate and give back to the community.

Kimpton Everly Hollywood – The centrally located boutique hotel is just a stone’s throw away from the Pride festivities, making it easy to join in the parades, parties and events that highlight the community’s spirit. The hotel’s chic, modern design and amenities include a rooftop pool with city views, the lively Ever Bar in the lobby, and the best views of the Hollywood Sign from its rooms and suites.

For the whole month of June, TV host and entertaining expert Paul Zahn has created a custom Pride cocktail just for Kimpton Everly Hollywood. The Watermelon Mint Cosmo is a refreshing cocktail perfect for summer, featuring Absolut Vodka, fresh watermelon juice, orange liqueur, cranberry juice and a mint garnish. Proceeds from every cocktail sold will be donated to GLAAD. 

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Watermelon Mint Cosmo (Courtesy Paul Zahn)

Gong cha, the world’s premier bubble tea brand with more than 225 locations throughout 20 states in the U.S., is celebrating Pride Month with the release of its limited edition reusable Pride straw available throughout June, while supplies last. The reusable Pride Straw is available at all participating Gong cha locations for $2 and comes in rainbow colors, symbolizing diversity and inclusion. Pair Gong cha’s Pride straw with summer bubble tea favorites like passionfruit green tea, lychee slush, and strawberry matcha latte. Five percent of the proceeds from each straw will be donated to The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ+ youth.

Noble 33 Hospitality Group will offer a Pride Cocktail at all its restaurants including Toca Madera and Casa Madera in Los Angeles. La Equidad is a mix of pineapple-infused dobel blanco, house coconut cordial, aperol, combier le bleu, and lime. All Los Angeles proceeds will be donated to the Los Angeles LGBT Center

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Chef Catie Randazzo (Courtesy Back of  House Creative.)

Embracing this spirit of friendship and inclusion, the inaugural Big Gay Potluck will be hosted at All Day Baby in Los Angeles on Wednesday, June 12, featuring a four-course dinner by acclaimed queer chefs Catie Randazzo of All Day Baby, Miles Shorey of Pijja Palace, and Amanda Rios of Playa Baby. Each dish will showcase ingredients from queer-owned brands such as Diaspora Co., Shaquanda Will Feed You, and Rancho Gordo Beans, with specialty cocktails featuring Explorer Cold Brew and 18.21 Bitters. 

The Big Gay Potluck aims to create a safe space that celebrates identity fluidity and uplifts queer-owned businesses and individuals. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Leola Davis (aka Lezthetician) of Pansy Esthetics, a Black and queer aesthetician supporting trans individuals during their transition. The event will also spotlight Brave Trails, a summer camp for queer youth, with representatives from both organizations speaking about their missions. For an extra touch of fun, food-themed flash tattoos by Dragons Underearth will be available during the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Tickets are $125 per person and are available on OpenTable

Breakfast Republic‘s newest location in Echo Park has partnered with the Los Angeles LGBT Center to celebrate diversity and support for the LGBTQ+ community. Throughout June, indulge in Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes, with 100% of sales for every order will be donated. The golden brown pancakes are generously topped with fresh pineapple and decadent pineapple butter.

Make a splash with Bears in Space at an all-new pool party for LA Pride at Skybar at the Mondrian. “Bears in The Pool” Pride Pool Party takes place on Saturday, June 8, from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is $29, get tickets here.

The Mondrian is also offering a “Pride Ready” room package available now and throughout June. Guests can book a room to receive a FruitLoots welcome gift made in Weho and ready to play in Weho. Kit includes a curated selection of pride essentials, from a clack fan to body glitter, sourced by LGBTQ+-owned brands. Plus, enjoy poolside sips with two complimentary welcome drinks to Skybar. Pride Ready Room Package booking link here.

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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes (Courtesy Breakfast Republic)

There will be a Splash Bash with Sounds By Cali Miles and Killed By Synth at the Highlight Room at Dream Hollywood on Saturday, June 8. Pride Month cocktails poolside include The Good Judy (Tropical Bacardi, lime, orange juice, grenadine and edible glitter) and the Lady Lavender with Bespoken Whiskey, Angostura Bitters, and lavender syrup.

The Dream Hollywood is also offering an LA Pride hotel package that includes two complimentary Pride cocktail specials, a Pride welcome amenity and a complimentary upgrade to the next room category upon arrival, based on availability.  Book here. Guests must be at least 21 years of age and/or of legal age to consume alcohol in the jurisdiction where the hotel is located to receive alcoholic beverages. 

Santa Monica will have Pride on the Promenade, hosted by DTSM Inc., on Saturday, June 22, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. This lively block party will transform the Promenade into a colorful celebration with musical performances curated by OUTLOUD, giveaways, games and a retail pop-up marketplace showcasing local LGBTQ+ businesses. Local community groups will offer support and resources for the LGBTQ+ community along the Promenade. 

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SaMo PRIDE at Santa Monica Place (Mathew Tucciarone)

Also on June 22, Santa Monica Place will present the inaugural Sounds of Santa Monica: Pride Edition, live music by LGBTQ+ performers under a colorful overhead Lanterns of Love installation. The SMP Kid Zone will offer kid-friendly, educational Pride programming for children to play and learn about inclusivity and acceptance. For more info, please visit santamonicaplace.com

The Santa Monica Pier will host Fierce Fables: Drag Queen Pride Family-Edition on Saturday, June 15, in partnership with The Crow Comedy Club, featuring a drag queen and king storytelling corner, face painting, and dance numbers by Pickle Drag Queen, Pandora Boxx and Johnny Gentleman

The City of Santa Monica will celebrate SaMo Pride with the monthlong lighting of City Hall in rainbow colors and community events including the AIDS LifeCycle Finish Line Festival on Saturday, June 8; Rainbow Family Storytime at the Santa Monica Public Library on Tuesday, June 11; Family Pride Drag Storytime with Pickle on Friday, June 14; and a sunset swim at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Friday, June 21.

And in Beverly Hills, in celebration of Pride Month,  THE Blvd Restaurant is featuring a rainbow croissant for June,  made with summer peaches and vanilla cream.

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Rainbow Croissant (Courtesy THE Blvd)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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