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.