This year’s edition of the enormously popular LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood begins Friday and runs through Sunday. By enormous we mean attended by hundreds of thousands of people, guaranteed.
The Festival part of the event is held in West Hollywood Park while the annual parade will be held on Santa Monica Boulevard on Sunday, beginning at Crescent Heights Boulevard and running west to Robertson Boulevard. A Metro bus all decked out in colors and such will be participating in the parade!
Let’s face it. This is WeHo we’re talking about, people. On a good day, traffic and parking can be challenging and it’s even more so during LA Pride.
There is no Metro Rail to WeHo (maybe one day, right?) but there are still some options for those who want to take transit to LA Pride with some busy and frequent Metro Bus Lines that roll through the area. The city of West Hollywood is also operating a free trolley on Santa Monica Boulevard with the route shown on the map above.
For those who wish to Go Metro to the LA Pride Festival, a few suggestions:
•On Friday and Saturday, the trolley intersects with several north-south Metro Bus lines. These include:
The 212 and 312 that run on La Brea Avenue.
•There are other buses that travel near LA Pride but there are changes to their regular routes due to the festival. Click here to see Friday and Saturday detours for the 10, 30/330 and westbound 705. Click here to see Sunday detours for the 10, 30, 105 and 218.
•The 10, 105, 30/330 run all night. Please keep in mind that buses run much more infrequently during the late night and early morning!!!! Click on the links above to see timetables, routes and to ensure the bus you need is running when you need it!
In spirit of keeping it simple, some more advice on getting to LA Pride:
•If you’re coming from the Red Line subway, exit the train at Vermont/Santa Monica and switch to the westbound Metro 4 Local or 704 Rapid Bus that run on Santa Monica Boulevard. For the festival, exit the bus at Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard and walk south to West Hollywood Park.
•If you’re coming from Santa Monica or the Westside, take the eastbound 4 Local or 704 Rapid Bus to the stop at San Vicente Boulevard, exit the bus and walk south to West Hollywood Park.
•As we mentioned above, the parade on Sunday closes down a big section of Santa Monica Boulevard. On Sunday, westbound 4 and 704 buses will travel to Santa Monica and Fairfax — just four blocks from the beginning of the parade for those who don’t mind walking. Eastbound 4 and 704 buses will leave Santa Monica Boulevard at Beverly. If you exit the bus there, it’s a .8-mile walk to the end of the parade route at Santa Monica Boulevard and Robertson Boulevard. See this map:
Wait. You’ve never ridden Metro before? No worries and no shame in that.
It’s pretty simple. The basics:
•Regular fares are $1.75. The easiest way to pay is to purchase a TAP fare card for $1 at TAP vending machines, which are located in all Metro Rail and Orange Line stations. We recommend loading the card with “stored value” — our fancy way of saying cash from which fares are deducted. If you pay with a TAP card, you get two hours of free transfers. Just TAP your card on the fare validator every time you board a bus or train.
•You can also pay cash to ride Metro buses. A regular one-way fare is $1.75, but you don’t get the two hours of free transfers. Exact change only please.
•If you’re riding a lot in any given day, a day pass costs $7 and is good for unlimited number of rides. You can load a day pass on a TAP card at any TAP vending machine or by asking the Metro bus operator when boarding a bus.
•Need help figuring out the screen prompts on the TAP vending machines? Try this page, which includes directions for the machines with the old prompts along with the few machines that have received the new screen prompts.
And, finally, if your head is spinning from all that bus talk, relax. Here’s Jennifer Hudson bringing it at last year’s festival:
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