The glitter has barely settled in the streets of Los Angeles as the LGBTI community celebrates another amazing LA Pride Parade.
Thousands of people turned up for the 48th official parade celebrating the city’s diverse LGBTI communities.
A mix of community, political and corporate floats graced the parade route as spectators cheered them on.
Mixing up tradition, a group started the parade with a ‘trans die-in’ to raise awareness of the high rates of murder of trans people – especially trans women of color – in the United States. A group of people laid down on the parade route to symbolize the women already murdered this year.
Gay Star News’ LA Correspondent, Anya Crittenton, had a front row view of the colorful spectacular and said the energy this year was amazing.
‘With sunshine and a good breeze, everyone was in high spirits,’ she said.
‘When the parade started with a trans die-in, it was very effective. The parade really emphasized being aware of issues as well as pride. Groups like Gays Against Guns and Muslim LGBTQ groups lent a lot of diversity of voices.”
‘It felt like a much bigger turnout than last year, I think because last year turned into a march instead of a parade.
‘This year we really reveled in celebrating us and the community. It was such a cathartic and joyous experience for a bright Sunday morning.’
The LA Pride celebrations have not been without controversy. Hundreds of people were left fuming after being turned away from an oversold LA Pride Festival concert on Saturday night (9 June).
Even many had already purchased tickets to the event, many complained that they were turned away violently, with some saying it ‘the worst, most uncomfortable, dangerous Pride’ they’d ever been to.
Saturday night’s controversy didn’t seem to dampen the spirits of people on Sunday morning at the Pride parade.
Check some of Anya’s best photos from the parade below.