A celebration of National LGBTQ History Month, the San Gabriel Valley Pride Festival returns for another year at Central Park with an express goal of fostering awareness of community history and heritage, issues, services, and opportunities for all genders and generations of the LGBTQ community in the San Gabriel Valley.
The event kicks off at 11:00am with a new feature: an Interfaith Service and Blessing of the Animals (cats & dogs on leashes or in carriers) officiated by members of the LAQUICC (Los Angeles Queer Interfaith Clergy Council) and SGV area churches.
The event has also expanded with the addition of the “carnival gaymes” -- a fundraising area benefiting Gay Student Alliances from both high school and colleges. Don't miss the gayme based on The Queen’s Croquet Game in "Alice in Wonderland": The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and a team of Drag Queens and Kings headed by the Queen of Hearts portrayed by Alison Arngrim (actress best known for her portrayal of Nellie Oleson on "Little House on the Prairie.")
Also new is the Art Show that showcases three exhibitions: the "Portraits of Pride" exhibition shown in LA City Hall in June, 2018; curated panels from Jeff Sheng’s "Fearless" portraying high school and college athletes who came out while performing in their sports; and a small exhibition honoring Laura Aguilar, a celebrated photographer who was raised in the San Gabriel Valley and passed away earlier this year.
Festival-goers can also enjoy the popular Classic Car Show, Authors Forum, a STEM area featuring tech demos, the Big Draw LA interactive community drawing experience, 40 exhibitors (mostly community service organizations), local entertainment artists, and the Twohey’s Food Truck.
The vendors’ area will run from 11:00am to 6:00pm, the Three Sisters Beer & Spirits Garden will run until 8:30pm, and entertainment and refreshments will run until 9:30pm.