Hermosa Beach will show its pride with an expanded Hermosa Pride Parade and Festival, the weekend of June 24-26.
Last year, the inaugural Pride event in June during LGBTQ Gay Pride Month featured a march to the newly painted rainbow lifeguard tower near the Hermosa Beach pier.
Building on the support of the community, this year’s event has been expanded to three days and will include a screening of short films, a drag show, meet-and-greets, and live music at multiple venues.
“The response, love and support we’ve received since last year’s first Hermosa Pride has been incredible,” said Randy Renner, founder and owner of South Bay Social, which helped organize the events.
Renner added that the positive response fueled his team in planning this year’s activities.
Jessica Accamando, president of the Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, agreed.
“We are so proud to have the support of the community to continue to add new elements to our celebration and expand into a full weekend so that families, individuals, businesses and visitors can enjoy the celebration,” Accamando said.
This year’s event will feature more family-friendly activities, including a story hour on June 25 from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. at the Practical Magic Apothecary on Hermosa Avenue.
Andrew Gawdun and Bryce Toney own the Curious business, which opened in 2009. Gawdun said that because they are parents, he was asked to help organize family activities.
Gawdun said it’s a testament to a strong community that Pride, in only its second year, is getting bigger and better.
“Not backing down and keeping moving forward is really important so you know we’re here to stay, we’re not leaving,” Gawdun said. “You can’t get rid of us. You can’t scare us away. We are so lucky to live in a community that embraces and accepts all diversity.
Renner said it was mind-blowing that after last year’s Pride, the community wanted more family-friendly options so straight allies could bring their kids to the events.
Last year, local teenager Izzy Bacallao and her family were inspired to paint the 13th Street Lifeguard Tower with rainbow pride after learning the Long Beach Pride Tower had mysteriously burned down in March 2021. This rainbow tower was replaced a few months later in June.
Jose Bacallao, Izzy’s father, said he would volunteer at the Pride festival, but recently he and Izzy, along with their friends, gave the rescue tower a new look due to heavy use. by rescuers.
He and Izzy reapply sand to add friction so rescuers don’t slip. Izzy and some local friends touched up the tower’s paint to ensure it’s vibrant for this year’s Pride events.
Jose Bacallao said there was no marking or vandalism of the tower. But there were a few hearts with initials and names carved into the tower.
“It was reminiscent of that old style of expressing love,” Bacallao said. “We just cleaned this up to make the tower look nice and fresh for Pride.”
Here is the list of events for Hermosa Pride:
friday june 24: Happy hour at the Stanton on Hermosa Avenue at 6 p.m. is followed by a screening of the short film, “Gender Outlaw,” at 7 p.m. This is the story of a local bodysurfing transgender athlete. Then, at 8 p.m., a drag show at the Stanton features Jezebel Patel, Paradise Lahore, Mahaliah Nakita and May Day.
Redondo Beach’s Artesia Bar, the only LGBTQ+ bar in South Bay, will host an after party starting at 10 p.m. Friday.
Saturday June 25: The day begins at 9 a.m. with a meet-and-greet breakfast at El Tarasco on Pier Avenue, and continues with a parade from there to the Pride Tower at 11 a.m. Guest speakers are scheduled for the celebration at the Lifeguard Tower.
Live music will take place at Fox & Farrow at 1 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. and at Agave Azul at 3 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Saturday’s events will also include Sunset Vibes Silent Disco from 6-9 p.m. and Patrick Molloys will feature DJs and drinks starting at 9 p.m. The Sunset Vibes Silent Disco is the only ticketed event at Pride, Renner said. Tickets are available at eventbrite.com.
Sunday June 26: Sunday events include a day at the beach near the Pride Watchtower and a Drag Brunch at Agave Azul at 1 p.m.
Renner said South Bay Social will be selling Pride apparel at various locations over the weekend to help support its efforts to become a nonprofit.
Free Pride Flags are available at the Hermosa Beach Chamber, Cultured Slice, Gum Tree, Curious or the H2O Hermosa Hotel.
For more information, visit the HermosaBeachPride Instagram page.