Santa Monica Goes Big at Its Very First Pride Event

Santa Monica Goes Big at Its Very First Pride Event

Santa Monica Goes Big at Its Very First Pride Event

The motivation for SaMo Pride, Downtown Santa Monica’s very first Pride event originated from an unanticipated source– their vacation lights. Throughout the 2018 holiday, they set up a rainbow of colored lights overhead on one block of the Santa Monica Boardwalk, and called it “Rainbow Roadway.” Mackenzie Carter, the director of marketing and interaction for Downtown Santa Monica, remembers, “Individuals definitely liked it. They were stopping to take images of it, pushing the ground to take images of it, doing insane selfie things and taking images … It actually looked remarkable.”

Downtown Santa Monica had actually been searching for a method to get associated with Pride, and when they saw how individuals responded to the rainbow of lights, they chose to bring it back for Pride month. When the Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica Location, and the city supervisor’s workplace revealed interest in being included, the concept became a bigger job, now called “Miles of Pride.”

From June 1 to June 30, Carter states, “The Miles of Pride light setup will illuminate the sky in a rainbow of color each and every single night. You can stroll down the Boardwalk, through Santa Monica Location, and down the Pier, feel the love in the air, and make the effort to be a part of Pride.” The overhead rainbow will run all 3 blocks of the Boardwalk, from Wilshire to Broadway. Santa Monica Location is embellishing their palm trees, and the bridge on the Santa Monica Pier will be lit in a rainbow wash of color.

Artist Phil America has actually developed colored flags including quotes from individuals in the LGBTQ+ neighborhood that will fly on the Boardwalk. America states, “The flags belong to a much bigger job called Colors of Development that I’m dealing with with an art manufacturer called Tre Bordan.” June 28 marks the 50 th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, and they developed Colors of Development as a method to honor that while likewise accentuating individuals in the LGBTQ+ neighborhood who continue to be marginalized. Colors of Development flags will likewise be on display screen at Sacramento Pride– both the artist and manufacturer are initially from Sacramento, L.A. Pride in West Hollywood, and 3 areas in New york city City for World Pride.

In addition to the month-long lighting and flag setups, SaMo Pride consists of an online occasion calendar loaded with regional occasions that commemorate the LGBTQ+ neighborhood. Carter states, “We have actually headed out to business and individuals of Santa Monica and stated, ‘This is SaMo Pride, this is what it’s everything about. If you wish to do something throughout the month of June, let us understand, and we’ll put it on the calendar.'” They had a big reaction. If you’re searching for enjoyable activities in Santa Monica this June, the SaMo Pride calendar is an excellent location to begin.

Signature SaMo PRIDE occasions and experiences throughout the month of June consist of:

Miles of Pride

June 1– June 30 from Sundown to Daybreak

Third Street Boardwalk, Santa Monica Location and Santa Monica Pier

The world-famous Third Street Boardwalk, Santa Monica Location and the renowned Santa Monica Pier will be illuminated with all the colors of the rainbow throughout the month of June with the “Miles of Pride” light setup covering miles of city streets.

Colors of Development

June 1– June 30

Third Street Boardwalk

” Colors of Development” is an art setup by artist Phil America, developed in collaboration with Tre Borden/Co and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., that will provide a visual narrative history of the LGBTQ+ motion and will be shown at Pride celebrations around the U.S. When completely set up, numerous colored, hand-painted flags with quotes from members of the LGBTQ+ neighborhood about their histories, futures, enjoys, hopes and dreams will hang above the Third Street Boardwalk. The art setup will culminate at the WorldPride|Stonewall 50 event in New york city. The flags are influenced by the demonstration indications from the historical Stonewall Riots which were utilized to spread out an effective, crucial message that altered the course of history. Fifty years back, the Stonewall Riots occurred in the West Town in New York City City. This act of retaliation and need for regard stimulated the LGBT motion, resulting in increased equality worldwide.


Saturday, June 1 from 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Santa Monica Pier Deck

Smorgasburg is “The Woodstock of Consuming” and among the biggest outdoor grocery store in the nation. With more than 90 food and shopping suppliers, a beer garden, live DJs and more, Smorgasburg invites countless visitors each week year-round. Smorgasburg go back to the Pier, in addition to unique shows, decoration and deals with, for the SaMo PRIDE kick-off.

Children Club with Twinkle Time

Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m.

Santa Monica Location, Third Level Dining Deck

June Children Club will include interactive activities and an efficiency by acclaimed kindie music entertainer, Twinkle Time, who will sing her hit tune, “It’s Ok to be Me.” This tune is everything about approval and inclusivity, motivating kids to accept everyone, color, and race.

Frank DeCaro and Pandora Boxx present Drag!

Wednesday, June 5 at 7 p.m.

MLK Jr Auditorium, Main Library

601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Author Frank DeCaro, in discussion with unique visitor Pandora Boxx, commemorates Pride with the release of his brand-new book, “Drag! Combing Through the Huge Wigs of Program Company,” a profane take a look at the history of drag queens, and their effect on popular culture and politics. A book sale and finalizing will follow.

Live Music under “Lanterns of Love”

Thursdays, June 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 3– 6 p.m.

Santa Monica Location, Center Plaza

Santa Monica Location provides totally free live music every Thursday night in June under “Lanterns of Love;” an overhead colored lantern setup that covers throughout Center Plaza in event of SaMo Pride. Celebratory Pride bandannas will be handed out to visitors in Center Plaza. For the complete list of musical efficiencies go to

Home Aquatic Delighted Hour Pop-ups

Fridays & Saturdays, June 14, 15, 28 and 29 from 8 p.m.– Midnight

Santa Monica Pier Fish Tank

Tickets: $45, benefiting Recover the Bay

In event of Santa Monica’s very first Pride, the Santa Monica Pier is pleased to present Delighted Hour Company’s Home Aquatic, a vibrant mash-up influenced by the childish dream of “Pee-wee’s Play house” and the grand decadence of Ball culture. Visitors are welcomed to an immersive, sensory experience with specialized themed mixed drinks and efficiencies.

West Coast Increasing: Gay Freedom In the Golden State

Saturday, June 15 at 3 p.m.

MLK Jr Auditorium, Main Library

601 Santa Monica Blvd.

Commemorate Pride with an unique screening of 6 brief documentary checking out the early days of the Gay Freedom motion in Southern California. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Gregorio Davila, along with a sneak peek of his upcoming function length documentary ” L.A. A Queer History.”

Pride on the Boardwalk Celebration

Saturday, June 15 from 3 p.m.–10 p.m.
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Commemorate the LGBTQ +neighborhood with live theatre and musical efficiencies, a DJ dance celebration, youth art job, video games, Instagrammable minutes, LGBTQ+ resource center, food, beverages and a signature SaMo PRIDE minute.

Movie Theater on the Street: “Love, Simon”

Friday, June 28 from 8 p.m.– 10 p.m.

North end of Third Street Boardwalk near Wilshire Blvd.

Delight in an unique outside screening of the acclaimed movie, “Love, Simon,” based upon the unique “Simon vs. the Humankind Program” by Becky Albertalli. The teenager funny drama follows 17- year-old Simon Spier as he browses coming out to his loved ones while falling for a confidential schoolmate he satisfied online. Solving both concerns shows funny, frightening and life-altering. Ranked PG-13

To learn more, register for the SaMo PRIDE newsletter and view of complete calendar of occasions at


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