The nonprofit Venice Pride has accomplished a lot this year, from helping to secure a lease to reopen Roosterfish to preserving, indefinitely, the Venice Pride Flag Lifeguard Tower, and last weekend it was time to celebrate. Venice Pride is one of the last free Pride celebrations in Southern California, and the Boardwalk-adjacent block party was filled with LGBTTIQQ2SA people dancing, eating and celebrating under the world's largest Rainbow Flag (that can fly, at least).
The 1,410-square-foot gay pride emblem was the result of a partnership between the AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Venice Pride. Now that Venice Pride weekend is behind us, the giant rainbow flag, created as part of the 40th-anniversary celebration of the establishment of the rainbow as a symbol for the uniting of the LGBTQ+ community, will travel to San Francisco, where it will fly June 23-25 above San Francisco Pride. Then it will begin its United We Pride tour, a yearlong world tour, with eight stops both international and domestic, finishing in New York City in June 2019.