Happy Pride Month! Here’s how to go Metro to all the celebrations

LONG BEACH, CA – MAY 19: Metro employees participate in the LB Pride Parade on May 19, 2024 at Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California.

It’s June –– Pride Month! –– and once again, we’re proud to celebrate LGBTQIA+ culture and activism, and help you reach all the events happening this month!  

Participating in the Pride Parade is a storied tradition here at Metro –– dating back to 1999, when our beloved Division 7 in West Hollywood decorated our first Pride bus. You can learn more about that here and here 

This year, we’re upping our game. For the second year, we’re proud to be the official transit partner for LA Pride. Our Ride with Pride trains and buses have hit the streets. Be on the lookout for the trains on the E and A Lines. You’ll find our Pride buses servicing the Downtown and Hollywood area. Spot one? Tag us on social with the #LAMetroPride hashtag. We’re on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and TikTok. 

We’ve also got a new Pride TAP card –– they’re already at TAP vending machines and Metro Customer Centers near you. Check the electric sign on the vending machines to see if they have the cards. We’ll also be handing them out at the LA Pride Parade and other Pride events taking place over the coming weeks.   

L.A. Union Station will be lit up with Pride colors for all LA Pride events below, make sure to stand on N Alameda St for the best selfie.  

It’s easy to Go Metro to the big events happening around town this month:  

JUNE 8 – LA PRIDE IN THE PARK AT L.A. STATE HISTORIC PARK 

Global icon, Ricky Martin, headlines LA Pride in the Park this year. You’ll find a world-class stage, scores of exhibitors and vendor booths, sponsor giveaways and all-day activities, dozens of delicious food options to choose from, and multiple bars for the 21-and-over crowd. It’s all happening on over 20 acres of lush green space with a view of the DTLA skyline. Find our Pride bus (we’ll also have a booth), where we’ll be handing our TAP cards and more. Join us!  

Go Metro: Chinatown Station on the A Line, is just steps from the park. You can transfer to the A Line from Union Station, which serves the Metro B/D (Red/Purple) Lines as well as Metrolink, Amtrak and bus lines run by Metro and other agencies. 

JUNE 9 – 54RD ANNUAL LA PRIDE PARADE & BLOCK PARTY IN HOLLYWOOD 

 

Over 150 organizations will march this year, using the theme “Power in Pride.” This year’s Grand Marshals are George Takei, Cassandro, El Exotico, and LAFD Chief, Kristin Crowley. The parade will be followed by a free all-day block party [will add link when ready!] right next to the parade route, which will continue into the evening. Find our ‘Ride with Pride’ bus to score some free swag around the route, and stop by our booth during the block party for more goodies! 

Go Metro: The LA Pride Parade begins on Sunday, June 9 at 11 a.m at Highland and Sunset, and will continue along Hollywood Boulevard and surrounding streets. Reach the parade via the Hollywood/Highland and Hollywood/Vine stations on the B (Red) Line.  

JUNE 14 – LGBTQ+ PRIDE NIGHT AT DODGER STADIUM 

World Series-winning Dodgers take on the Kansas City Royals with LA Pride pre-game festivities featuring a DJ party. There will be Pride merch for all special ticket holders! 

Go Metro: Dodger Stadium Express will have buses running to the stadium from two locations: Union Station in downtown Los Angeles and Harbor Gateway Transit Center in Gardena. Bus service is free for those with game tickets. The buses begin running 90 minutes before the game from Union Station and two hours before the game from Harbor Gateway. After the game ends, buses run for 90 minutes. There is free parking available at Harbor Gateway. At Union Station, parking is $8. If you’re parking, plan ahead –– spaces fill up quickly for big games.  

Of course, Los Angeles isn’t the only city with celebrations in store. Recently, we participated in (and helped sponsor) the Long Beach Pride Parade for the very first time, which was a lot of fun.  

LONG BEACH, CA – MAY 19: Metro employees participate in the LB Pride Parade on May 19, 2024 at Ocean Blvd in Long Beach, California.

Here are a few other events going on around LA County:   

  • May 31–June 2 –– West Hollywood –– OUTLOUD Festival in West Hollywood Park: Take Metro Bus Lines 4, 16 or 105. If coming from the B (Red) Line, exit the train at Vermont/Santa Monica station and take Line 4 west toward Santa Monica and exit at Santa Monica/San Vicente. 
  • June 3 –– Santa Monica –– SaMo Pride: Take the E (Expo) Line to Downtown Santa Monica Station. 
  • June 29 –– Van Nuys –– San Fernando Valley Pride: Take Metrolink’s Ventura Line to Van Nuys Station at Van Nuys & Sherman Way. We’re thrilled to be a sponsor this year, and our Pride bus will be included in the opening ceremonies.  
  • August 14 –– San Pedro –– San Pedro Pride: Take the J (Silver) Line. Exit the bus at Beacon/1st and it’s about a .4-mile walk to the museum. 

Getting there:  

  • Popular online tools/apps to plan your ride include Google Maps, Apple Maps, the Transit app and the Moovit app. Our rail and busway map is below. 
  • A regular one-way fare on Metro is $1.75 and includes two hours of free transfers. Fares can be stored on TAP cards, which cost $2 and are available for purchase at TAP vending machines at all Metro rail and busway stations. 
  • Tip #1: Save time and skip the line! Load your TAP card with round-trip fare before your event and avoid long lines at TAP vending machines after events.  
  • Tip #2: Purchase a day pass for $3.50, which allows you unlimited rides from 12:01 a.m. to midnight on the day you use the pass.  
  • Download the TAP app and use your smartphone as a TAP card. Here’s how. 
  • We have parking available at many stations. Here’s the list. Some lots are paid, others are free. 

Your safety is what’s most important to us, and we want to ensure that you have a safe, clean, and comfortable ride. But we want your help, too! If you see something on your journey, please report it using our Transit Watch app –– a quick, easy and anonymous way for you to directly connect to Metro Security anytime. Use the app to report suspicious activity or safety issues. But also remember to call 911 in an emergency.  

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