Monday, June 11, 2018

LA Pride Parade 2018 Best Moments


Photos Karen Ostlund 
Kickoff LA Pride Parade June 10 at Crescent Heights

The 2018 LA Pride Parade route from Fairfax to Doheny – telling this year’s #JUSTBE story made its way back home along Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood on Sunday, June 10th 2018.

Grand Marshal Michaela Ivri Mendelson
This was one of the highlight events of LA Pride Week 2018. This year’s Grand Marshal Michaela Ivri Mendelson, a transgender activist and entrepreneur Mendelson, led a colorful assortment of floats down a  1.5 mile stretch of Santa Monica Boulevard. Mendelsohn is the CEO of Pollo West Group and Founder of TransCanWork, now sits among a number of respected LGBTQ+ activists and community leaders who have received CSW’s most prestigious honor. 
She was chosen by Christopher Street West (CSW),which is a non-profit, organized the world’s first permitted parade advocating for gay rights on June 28, 1970, as a response to and in commemoration of the Stonewall Rebellion on Christopher Street in New York City the year prior. Since then, they have built a rich history as an active voice for the LGBTQ+ community across the Greater Los Angeles metropolitan area.
Pose (FX) TV show
Attorney Gloria Allred and ladies dressed in "All red"
The Abbey Bar Float with LOVE BOAT Jill Whelan
The Parade floats included the casts of Sense8 (Netflix), It’s Always Sunny (FX) and Pose (FX), along with other celebrities  including Fran Dresher, Jill Whelan from the Love Boat with The Abbey, Ketya from Drag Race, Marlee Matlin, Attorney Gloria Allred and several ladies dressed in and as “all red,” and Congressman Adam Schiff, LA Mayor Garcetti, former Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse and Congresswoman Maxine Waters.
(Left with flag) LA Mayor Garcetti
Former Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse
Mickey's Bar in West Hollywood Float at LAPride Parade 2018
#LoveGreatBritain Bus
Sponsor Chipotle's Giant Burrito at LAPride Parade 2018
LA Pride Festival’s second day also featured entertainment of artists including Natalia Jiminez, Keke Wyatt, Allie X, Eve, and Tove Lo.

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