The annual LA Pride parade will be televised live after all.
Jeff Consoletti, who is the producer of the event for Christopher Street West, the non-profit organization that puts it on each year, told the City Council Monday night that the June 8 parade will be broadcast on the city’s television channel and simultaneously online.
An earlier decision by CSW to forego that televised broadcast prompted criticism from City Councilmember John Duran. For many years Duran has served as host of the broadcast. Duran said the decision, which CSW had not alerted the city to, was part of a pattern of excluding West Hollywood from the event. The parade takes place each year on Santa Monica Boulevard and the Pride parade is staged in West Hollywood Park.
At a May 5 Council meeting, Consoletti said CSW had decided to save money and increase potential viewership by taping the parade this year and producing a show that could be seen online by viewers beyond West Hollywood and throughout the year.
City Manager Paul Arevalo suggested CSW reconsider the live broadcast, with the city picking up costs beyond those CSW would incur for taping the event.
After my above post, I received an email saying a webcast would be at https://staging.wehoville.com/ ??? Were? When? I never found the 2015 Gay Pride parade webcast at that site. What would I expect with Weho i did not allow time for a committee to elect a committee to appoint someone to investigate what organization could research ..to find….who, would know real direct working link for the webcast As for program information from Time Warner Cable that we all know does not exist. Only Sales, redirect to upgrade, transfer to bill payment. maybe with luck tech support a new hire… Read more »
Maybe broadcast the PARADE on a channel that EVERYONE can view and enjoy!!?!
And ………. LET THEM KNOW AHEAD of time what channel it is???????? (SIGH)
So the parade will be webcast.. I have browsed and searched for two days to find that out.
Now how about a LINK to to the web cast?
A 75 year old mobility restricted West SF Valley gay pioneer would like a little feeling of sharing the pride.
Everyday is PRIDE in Weho…..Send CSW to downtown LA and let weho celebrate on it’s own. The local business community can do a better job of it.
While LA PRIDE’s intentions were good decades ago…its now swayed from one of fighting for equality to one of excess displaying and emphasizing the bars, drinking, sex..and all in the name of “freedom of expression”. Ok…times change and I get that. But “pride” and “freedom” is FREE. But certainly not our Pride. Costing over $20 to enter into an area full of lemonade and lube stands is not what the original PRIDE was about. Sure…go out and have fun. But you should haven’t to pay that amount. LA has one of the lowest rated PRIDE events in the country. It’s… Read more »
They should probably go for it then. This could result in two Pride festivals next year, and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.
And Pride is using the same totally bland/uncreative/non-celebratory light pole banners this year that they used the last 3+ years – just put an obvious tacky piece of white tape across the bottom for this year’s dates. Any other Pride puts more care and imagination into such things let alone the “gay mecca” and “Creative City”. The “why don’t we have a Pride worthy of us” saga continues. I’m sure the report at City Council will again be that we had the best pride ever.
@Randy Matthews – I’d like to think that a public-private partnership would serve the city better. A good promoter, with the stamp of approval from the City, should be able to find sponsors to underwrite a festival and other events, including a parade or some other Sunday event that shows off our diverse community.
It would be nice to know how much the city has to chip in here, as it didn’t have to bear this cost before, and CSW certainly pulled the rug out from under everyone by announcing they weren’t going to televise, with very little notice. Regarding CSW, they are trying to implement some fresh ideas, and I kind of look a this as their last chance to show if they can reinvigorate LA Pride. If not, I think putting it out to bid is a good idea, but consider that the city doesn’t have many resources to manage such a… Read more »
So if I read between the lines, CSW decided to do a simulcast, but only after the City offered to give them more cash assistance by picking up costs. CSW will reap the current benefits – streaming online – and future benefits – clips and replays – thanks to the City. There should be an evaluation of this year’s event immediately after it’s over and the whole event put out to bid for next year. This should be done by July 1, 2014 to give interested parties sufficient time to prepare presentations for the City Council to consider. Christopher Street… Read more »