Wednesday, May 25, 2016

LA PRIDE 2016 Music Festival Announces Line-up in West Hollywood, June 10-12

By Karen Ostlund in West Hollywood

On June 10th-12th 2016 in West Hollywood, CA, LA PRIDE Music Festival & Parade 2016 will set the stage for a fresh lineup that is as diverse as the massive festival crowds expected to attend. 
The three-day music festival features a carefully crafted assortment of Electronic, Pop, Hip Hop, R&B and Latin artists, all performing on one of four venue stages.
GRAMMY ® nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen

This year's all-inclusive lineup will be headlined by multi-platinum, GRAMMY ® nominated singer and songwriter Carly Rae Jepsen, international pop sensation Charli XCX, responsible for penning multi-platinum and GRAMMY ® nominated singles and multi-platinum selling sisters/vocalists/songwriters/DJs Krewella who will join over 50 artists scheduled to perform throughout the festival weekend. 
Pop sensation Charli XCX

This year will feature a variety of stages including the Delta Air Lines Main Stage, the Nissan Latin Music Stage powered by Club Papi, the Hip Hop Music Stage  powered by B.A.S.H., and a new Dance Music stage. 
Mexican singer Diana Reyes will perform

The Delta Air Lines Main Stage will showcase everything from top 40 hit makers to emerging artists. Meanwhile, the Nissan Latin Music Stage will have a talent lineup ranging from Electronica to Banda including Diana Reyes, Maribel Gaurdia and Mariana Seoane. This year's Hip Hop Music Stage is going all out featuring Grammy Award winning and Billboard chart-topping musical acts like Faith Evans, Da Brat, Trina & Big Freedia. Each stage highlights unique musical styles and the curated lineup celebrates a diverse collection of talent with mass appeal.
Sisters/vocalists/songwriters/DJs Krewella

Complete list of Artists who are scheduled to perform at this year's LA PRIDE 2016 Music Festival please click here 

Lesbians and friends will gather by the hundreds on Friday, June 10, 2016 to celebrate community at the annual West Hollywood Dyke March.
Gates will open at 6 p.m. for this free event, and festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. at the main stage of the Christopher Street West L.A. Pride in West Hollywood Festival at West Hollywood Park, located at 647 N. San Vicente Boulevard. The program will include a welcome from members of the West Hollywood City Council and a presentation of the Etheridge Award to this year’s honoree, the June Mazer Lesbian Archives.
The Etheridge Award is presented annually to women or women’s organizations who have made significant impacts within and for the lesbian community. Named after its first honoree, highly acclaimed singer/activist Melissa Etheridge, past honorees of the Etheridge Award have included the Honorable Sheila Kuehl, Jewel Thais-Williams (Parade Grand Marshal), Ivy Bottini, Rita Gonzales, and the late Jeanne Cordova.
There will be brief comedy sets hosted by UnCabaret and featuring funny women Julie Goldman, Selene Luna, and Marsha Warfield, to follow the award presentation.
The West Hollywood Dyke March, itself, will begin at 7:30 p.m.; participants will march from the Festival grounds along Santa Monica Boulevard and back. The Festival will be free and open to the public on Friday, June 10, 2016 until 1 a.m., with entertainment organized by Christopher Street West, including live performances by Krewella, Maria José, Da Brat, and Faith Evans. 
On Saturday, June 11, 2016 and Sunday, June 12, 2016, the L.A. Pride in West Hollywood Festival will continue at West Hollywood Park — on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 1 a.m.; and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Enjoy live entertainment on multiple stages, headline performances, dance venues, numerous exhibitors, and food-and-drink vendors.
On Sunday, June 12, 2016, the Pride Parade will take place. It steps-off at 10:45 a.m. from Crescent Heights Boulevard and travels westbound along Santa Monica Boulevard, just past the main entrance of the festival at San Vicente Boulevard, ending at Robertson Boulevard. With many thousands of participants, spectators, and marchers, this emotionally charged experience is not to be missed.

June 10th FREE, June 11th & 12th - LA PRIDE Music Festival (A Ticketed Event at www.LAPRIDE.ORG)
June 12th - LA PRIDE Parade (Free Event)

LA PRIDE will offer free entry into its Friday June 10th evening Vogue Ball for anyone who is tested for HIV at REACH LA before the event weekend. 

With all eyes on the signature parade on Sunday, June 12th, LA PRIDE will dedicate its 'Moment of Silence' to LGBTQ minorities affected by HIV/AIDS. 

Facebook Event Page has been created for this this year's event. 

(Center) Parade Grand Marshal 2016, Jewel Thais-Williams
Christopher Street West celebrates the 46th Anniversary of LA PRIDE with the announcement of its most iconic and honored role within the weekend festivities, the Parade Grand Marshal, Jewel Thais-Williams. The annual Parade, which takes place in West Hollywood, honors the LGBTQ community's past struggles while celebrating its future generation of leaders. The 2016 Parade celebration will also feature Los Angeles area LGBTQ pioneers from the community who have helped shape LGBTQ history, highlight community organizations, corporate partners and a mix of celebrities who support the LGBTQ community. 

As the owner of the historic Catch One Disco, one of the most iconic Black gay discos in the world, Jewel Thais-Williams helped create a safe haven for many of the LGBTQ community for over 40 years. Not only was The Catch a place where one could find some of the biggest names in entertainment, like Sammy Davis Jr., Chaka Khan, Sylvester, Weather Girls, and Rick James, it also served as a community center for the Black LGBTQ community in Los Angeles. 
Her work with those affected by HIV/AIDS has steadily continued through the years. In the realm of community service, she also co-founded the Minority AIDS Project, which aims to help those affected by the disease in the African-American and Hispanic communities. Jewel served as a Board member of the AIDS Project Los Angeles and has made significant strides in helping women affected by AIDS by co-founding Rue's House. Rue's House was the first housing facility for women with AIDS giving much-needed services and shelter for women and their children in the United States.  

"I am humbled by my selection as the Grand Marshal for this years LA PRIDE Parade. Many years ago we collaborated with another club and a florist company to become the first representing people of color in the parade. What an honor it is for me to lead the parade, pause for a minute to acknowledge the unity we have come to cherish in the community," said Jewel Thais-Williams. 

Jewel founded the Village Health Foundation in 2001. As a non-profit organization that specializes in nutrition, lifestyle changes, and diseases with high incidence in the African American community, the foundation aims to provide preventative health care and education to the community for diseases like HIV/AIDS, along with others. By offering services like emotional counseling, individual, family and group counseling, and medication therapy and management, Village Health Foundation does much to combat the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the African-American LGBTQ community. 

"Jewel Thais-Williams is a true symbol of leadership within our community. Her tireless efforts have positively affected the lives of countless LGBTQ minorities," said Marquita Thomas, CSW Board Member. "Jewel's dedication to bettering our community is truly inspiring to myself as well as a whole new generation of activists, community leaders and community supporters. In the past, our Grand Marshal has been a celebrity-focused opportunity. While we will again have celebrity participation throughout our parade, starting last year with Reverend Troy Perry and Trans youth activist Zoey, our Grand Marshal title now honors community activists who we consider to be our own celebrities and who have fearlessly fought for equality for our community." 

In conjunction with LA PRIDE's recognition of Jewel Thais-Williams and her history of work, this year's weekend programming will engage guests through various events and activations to shed light on the HIV/AIDS crisis within LGBTQ communities of color. 
While overall rates of HIV have declined in the United States, rates are increasing in African-American and Hispanic men who have sex with men. 
At current rates, half of black and one quarter of Latino gay or bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetimes. 
Focused on education, care, and prevention amongst LGBTQ community members of color, LA PRIDE, along with several LGBTQ Minority Community Based Organizations, will host onsite festival activations throughout the weekend. 
LA PRIDE will also offer free entry into its Friday evening Vogue Ball for anyone who is tested for HIV at REACH LA before the event weekend. With all eyes on the signature parade on Sunday, June 12th, LA PRIDE will dedicate its 'Moment of Silence' to LGBTQ minorities affected by HIV/AIDS. Several parade contingents will march in solidarity to bring broader awareness to this epidemic that is plaguing LGBTQ communities of color. 

About LA PRIDE / Christopher Street West 
Christopher Street West Association, Inc., is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization within the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community of Greater Los Angeles. We are committed to the goals of human rights, education, outreach and equality for LA's LGBT community. Founded in response to the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York on June 28, 1969, Christopher Street West conducted the first parade in the world advocating for gay rights in June of 1970 in Hollywood, CA. That tradition lives on today in the form of the LA PRIDE Music Festival and Parade, now in it's 46th year, taking place in the City of West Hollywood, CA.

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