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WeHo residents pushing back against proposed new space for LA Pride festival

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Will Pride go down Melrose Avenue?

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A proposed new area for the LA Pride festival in West Hollywood would move the fun to Melrose Avenue, but some neighbors along the proposed footprint are not having it, reports WeHoville.

The massive festivities usually take up West Hollywood Park and part of San Vicente Boulevard, with three big music stages in the park. But a major makeover going on at the park will mean that about half the space usually used for the event would not be available for this year’s festival.

So, in an effort to keep offering the same attraction on those music stages, an extension of the festival area to Melrose has been suggested.

From a city staff report:

If approved, this plan would require that Melrose Avenue be closed from Huntley Dr. to Robertson Blvd. The closure of San Vicente Blvd. would extend south to Rosewood Ave. in order to accommodate placement of the Medical Care Center at the south end of the Festival venue.

WeHoville, citing that city report, says that event producer Christopher Street West is in talks with the Pacific Design Center to use part of its lot for the event.

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While that might make event organizers and Pride festival attendees happy, the residents whose homes are positioned along the potential route aren’t so excited.

The West Hollywood West Residents Association posted on its Facebook page asking residents to attend the upcoming WeHo city council meeting, where the new route is scheduled to be discussed, to voice their opposition to the proposed parade path.

The association’s stated concerns include noise “cut-through traffic,” and, of course, parking issues. From the Facebook post:

The West Hollywood West Residents Association is opposed to this, or any other festival, being positioned in such close proximity to our residential neighborhood.

The yearly suspension of our permit parking for three days and nights during this event is already a parking burden placed on our neighborhood.

Correction: An earlier version of this article conflated elements of the L.A. Pride parade with the L.A. Pride festival. The two are different events.