Thirty-eight years after Los Angeles's first Pride march, the event still packs a message of equality, peace, and love. This year's festivities attracted an estimated 375,000 people to the Los Angeles area's most famous gay enclave -- West Hollywood -- for three days of celebration. Perhaps the 25,000 visitor increase from last year was prompted by an even greater sense of pride: Marriage for same-sex couples will be legal in California on June 17. Robin Tyler and the Reverend Troy Perry, two plaintiffs in the lawsuit that led to May's California supreme court ruling in favor of marriage equality, were honored at the Sunday parade.
Gloria Allred hugs a passerby. Charo State senator Sheila Kuehl A go-go dancer enjoys the spray of cool water in the hot West Hollywood sun.
Liberal talk radio personality Stephanie Miller served as grand marshal, leading the parade on Sunday westward down Santa Monica Boulevard, while the AIDS Life Cycle organization acted as community grand marshal. Life Cycle rides 545 miles from San Francisco to Los Angeles each year to raise money for AIDS services in both cities. On a solemn note, parade watchers observed a moment of silence at noon. The crowd was asked to honor those who have fought for LGBT rights as well as the the hundreds of thousands lost to HIV/AIDS and cancer.
Joss Stone Robin Tyler and Diane Olson Performer Matt Zarley Feathers of the rainbow
British soul-singing prodigy Joss Stone took the main stage on Saturday night, headlining a full slate of musical artists that included pop icon Olivia Newton-John. Throughout the weekend, several acts entertained the thousands of festival goers, including Gretchen Bonaduce and the Muddflaps, Kimberly Locke, Kimberly Caldwell, Frenchie Davis, and Misty Odell. The Latin dance, circuit, rhythm and soul, and country dance parties also generated large crowds. Olivia Newton-JohnAmerican Idol's Frenchie Davis Performer Kimberley Caldwell One of the many Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence