Thousands of people lined Santa Monica Boulevard Sunday for the colorful, funny, entertaining and sometimes moving annual L.A. Pride Parade. The parade, which began in 1970 on Hollywood Boulevard and moved in 1979 to West Hollywood, featured 130 floats and marching groups.
There were three dozen commercial sponsors, as varied as Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Chipolte Mexican Grill and HBO. Civic and political figures and institutions turned out, with floats carrying members of the West Hollywood City Council and the city’s various advisory boards and commissioners. Religious groups represented included Hollywood United Methodist Church, the American Jewish World Service, St. Augustine Episcopal Church and the SoCal Lutheran group. There were the many LGBT non-profit organizations such as APLA, the Trevor Project, the Human Rights Campaign and Bienestar Human Services.
And of course there were the colorful and often sexy representatives of local bars such as Revolver, The Abbey, the Eagle and Mickys.
Photographer Matt Baume was on the scene to capture some of the color, offered in photos on the pages that follow.
Page 2 What could be more colorful?
Page 3 Sexy is in the eye of the beholder.
Page 4 The campaigning never ends.