Christopher Street West Names Rev. Troy Perry and Project Angel Food as 2020 Grand Marshals for LA Pride 50th Anniversary Celebration

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Project Angel Food Float - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Christopher Street West (CSW), the 501(c)3 non-profit that produced the annual LA Pride Parade and Festival, announced today that LA Pride 2020 LA Pride Grand Marshals are CSW and LA Pride co-founder Rev. Troy Perry as the Community Grand Marshal and Project Angel Food as the Organizational Grand Marshal for the LA Pride 50th Anniversary celebration.

CSW continues to reimagine how Angelenos can celebrate Pride Month through its ongoing partnership with KABC, Southern California’s most-watched television station, and through a new partnership with iHeartMedia Los Angeles. Los Angeles’s first-ever virtual Pride Parade will air as a 90-minute primetime special exclusively on ABC7, SATURDAY, June 13 (7:30 – 9:00 p.m. PDT), with an encore presentation on Sunday, June 14, 2020, at 2:00 pm PDT. The event will be hosted by ABC7 Eyewitness News anchors Ellen Leyva and Brandi Hitt, with special guest host, actress Raven-Symone.

KABC and CSW deepened their partnership to reimagine the 50th anniversary of LA Pride for Angelenos and continue the traditions set by the LA Pride Parade and Festival as one of the biggest pride events in the country each year. This year, the celebration will take place as a virtual festival that pays tribute to the history of LA Pride and celebrates the Los Angeles area’s storied role in the LGBTQ+ civil rights movement.

The virtual festivities will air as an exclusive primetime special that honors the journey through historical vignettes and celebrates the central role of the LGBTQ+ community in the culture and history of Los Angeles. The special will feature in-depth interviews, and spotlight local unsung heroes, Queer culture, community activists, and never-before-seen footage that bring to life all the achievements LA’s LGBTQ+ community throughout the years.

The special will offer the Los Angeles community an opportunity to honor 50 years of fight, struggle, resistance, and celebration. Through historical vignettes and in-depth interviews, the special will spotlight the local unsung heroes, Queer culture, and community activists. The celebration will include special performances and appearances by Alex Newell, Amara La Negra, Asher Entertainment ft. The House of Ninja, Bob the Drag Queen, Carson Kressley, Erika Jayne, Greyson Chance, Hayley Kiyoko, Jake Borelli, Jordy, Justin Tranter, Lance Bass, Lee Daniels, Leslie Jordan, Megan Hilty & Brian Gallagher, Mj Rodriguez, Neve Campbell, Sandra Bernhard, Shea Diamond, The Pussycat Dolls, Trixie Mattel’s performance presented by Virgin Fest at Rocco’s, the cast of the upcoming Hulu series, “Love Victor” as well as local businesses, non-profits, Drag Queens with more to be announced. From the first-ever permitted Pride parade on Hollywood Blvd. to last year’s unforgettable floats along Santa Monica Blvd. in West Hollywood, iconic LA Pride moments and never before seen footage will bring to life all the achievements LA’s LGBTQ+ community has made throughout the years.

In addition, CSW has officially announced a multi-year partnership with iHeartMedia Los Angeles, and kick off Pride Month with the #iHeartLAPRIDE LGBTQ+ celebration aimed at bringing Pride celebrations to the comfort of individual’s homes virtually and across social platforms. Central to Los Angeles, iHeartMedia will commemorate “50 Years of Pride in LA” across its local stations including, Real 92.3, 104.3 MYFM, KOST 103.5, 102.7 KIIS-FM and ALT 98.7. Each station will feature daily vignettes voiced by on-air personalities, artists, celebrities and members of the LGBTQ+ community focused on the history of the LGBTQ+ movement and Pride celebration. Additionally, every Friday in June, LA radio stations will hold weekly Virtual Pride Parties streamed live on the station’s YouTube channels, and on “Pride Radio” featured on the iHeartRadio app. Details for all virtual Pride events will be announced on the iHeartMedia Los Angeles radio stations through the month, and can be found now www.1043myfm.com, keyword LA Pride.

To further celebrate Pride, iHeartRadio Los Angeles and CSW will launch a podcast entitled, “LA Pridecast” and premiere its first episode in June. Hosted by iHeart’s 104.3MYFM’s Lisa Foxx, the monthly podcast will feature informative and entertaining conversation that explores the issues and topics relevant to the LGBTQ+ community and its allies. Each episode will feature an in-depth conversation with a different member of the Los Angeles community who will share their personal stories of positivity, hope and truth to help others recognize the beauty in differences as well as the often-overlooked similarities. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.

#iHeartLAPride, celebrating 50 Years of Pride in LA is presented by Bud Light Seltzer. Unquestionably PROUD.

iHeartRadio’s Pride Radio virtual PRIDE events are in partnership with Ready, Set, PrEP, a nationwide program led by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services providing PrEP medications at no cost to thousands of individuals who qualify.

Join Lance Bass, Bubble Tap Trailer and Rocco’s West Hollywood at the countdown/pre-party at Rocco’s Drive Through Party taking place Saturday, June 13th from 12:00pm – 3:00pm where guests will be able to order and pick up a party box ahead of LA’s 50th Anniversary Pride Special. Attendees will receive both an EMAIL and a TEXT MESSAGE with the login info for the Virtual Celebration taking place from 3:00pm-8:00pm, where guests will enjoy multiple DJ sets, interactive games and saying hello to surprise guests. Order Your Pride Box in Advance: https://lavirtualpride.com/products/virtual-pride-party-box

Christopher Street West engages with JJLA LLC in the event production and management of LA PRIDE. For more information on JJLA visit www.jj-la.com. All talent is being coordinated by JJLA in collaboration with ABC7.

To amplify virtual Pride celebrations for individuals in Los Angeles, KABC and iHeartMedia will partner to promote Pride content from each company across all of their respective platforms.

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