PHOTOS: WeHo Mayor’s Reception Marks WeHo Pride Kickoff

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Jeff Consoletti and West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister - Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

“It’s the most fun party of the entire year,” said West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister at last night’s Pride Mayor’s reception, which marks this year’s WeHo Pride kickoff celebration in the city of West Hollywood. David Cooley welcomed party guests to The Chapel at The Abbey for a party that lasted from 7 p.m to 9 p.m.

WeHo Pride Kickoff Party – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The WeHo Pride kickoff party included West Hollywood Mayor Pro Tem Sepi Shyne, and council members Lindsey Horvath, John D’Amico and John Erickson. They were joined by their appointed West Hollywood Advisory Board members and Commissioners, along with City Staff for a night of dancing and drinking to celebrate the official kickoff to this weekend’s WeHo Pride celebration.

WeHo Pride Kickoff Party – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES
WeHo Pride Kickoff Party – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The night also included representatives and members from several non-profit groups like Project Angel Food, TransLatina Coalition and AIDS Healthcare Foundation. TransLatinia Coalition founder and CEO, Bambi Salcedo, was in high spirits the entire evening.

WeHo Pride Kickoff Party – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Then of course, JJLA was also in the house with Outloud Music Festival producer Jeff Conseletti and his crew who took the party to Rocco’s WeHo and continued the celebration before a long weekend of WeHo Pride.

Jeff Consoletti – WeHo Pride Kickoff Party – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

Meanwhile, West Hollywood Park was being transformed into the WeHo Pride Music Festival.

WeHo Pride Outloud Music Festival – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

The WeHo Pride celebration will include:

  • Dyke March and Women’s Freedom Festival (Free!) beginning at the WeHo Pride Robertson stage between Santa Monica Boulevard and Melrose Avenue on Friday, June 3, at 5 p.m.
  • OUTLOUD Music Festival (Ticketed) at West Hollywood Park, Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5.
  • WeHo Pride Street Fair (Free!) in and around West Hollywood Park, from Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5, 2022.
  • WeHo Pride Parade (Free!) on Santa Monica Boulevard, Sunday, June 5, 2022 beginning at 12 p.m. (noon).
  • WeHo Pride LGBTQ Arts Festival (Free!) through June 30, 2022.

WeHo Pride OUTLOUD: Raising Voices music festival features three full days of live music:

Lil’ Kim, MARINA, Years & Years, Jessie J, Ana Bárbara, Angelica Ross, Cassidy King, CupcakKe, Dorian Electra, Freddie, Gina Chavez, Greyson Chance, Isaac Dunbar, Jake Wesley Rogers, Kaleena Zanders, Kelechi, Kornbread Jeté, Madison Beer, Madison Rose, Mari, Mila Jam, Mo Heart, Muna, Mykki Blanco, Ninel Conde, NoSo, Raye, Saucy Santana, Sam Tsui, Scarlett BoBo, Shaun Ross, Shea Diamond, Slayyyter, Taylor Bennett, The Aces, and Ylona Garcia. Hosted by Hannah Rad, Ryan Mitchell, Shar Jossell, Arisce Wanzer, Billy Francesca, and Tina Burner.

OUTLOUD: Raising Voices is the marquee attraction for WEHO Pride, the City of West Hollywood’s first, self-produced Pride celebration. OUTLOUD champions LGBTQ+ musicians and the community. The three-day experience will include the ticketed music festival and free community programming, all taking place on San Vicente Boulevard and culminating with WEHO Pride’s exciting community parade on Sunday, June 5 at 12 noon.

To learn more, or to purchase tickets, visit: weareoutloud.com.

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Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at editor@wehotimes.com
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WeHoMikey
WeHoMikey
3 months ago

Councilmember D’Amico was also there – that, or I was hugged by an imposter!