WEST HOLLYWOOD (CNS/FOX 11) - Getting around parts of West Hollywood will be a little more difficult beginning tomorrow night, as street closures begin in advance of this weekend's 2016 LA Pride Celebration, which will include musical acts, a festival and parade.
The three-day event begins Friday and runs through Sunday, featuring musical headliner Carly Rae Jepsen and parade grand marshal Jewel Thais-Williams, a longtime activist who founded one of the area's first clubs for
black LGBT residents.
The event is hosted by the city of West Hollywood and Christopher Street West.
To accommodate the event, West Hollywood Park and the West Hollywood Pool have been closed since Monday. The park will remain closed until 6 p.m. June 15, while the pool won't reopen until 8 a.m. June 20. The West Hollywood Library will close at 7 p.m. Thursday and will reopen at 11 a.m. Monday.
The following street restrictions will be in place:
-- San Vicente Boulevard will be closed between Santa Monica Boulevard
and Melrose Avenue from 7 p.m. Thursday through 10 a.m. Monday;
-- Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between Doheny Drive and La
Cienega Boulevard from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday;
-- Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed from Fairfax Avenue to Doheny
Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;
-- Streets one block north and south of Santa Monica Boulevard will be
closed from Fairfax Avenue to La Peer Drive from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday;
-- Crescent Heights Boulevard will be closed from Romaine Street to
Fountain Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; and
-- Norton Avenue will be closed between Havenhurst Drive and Laurel
Avenue from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
The city of West Hollywood will suspend enforcement of permit parking restrictions from 4 p.m. Friday to 11:59 a.m. Monday. Metered parking will be enforced on Friday and Saturday, but metered parking will not be enforced on Sunday for the parade, which begins at 10:45 a.m.
Motorists were warned, however, that parking restrictions in neighboring Beverly Hills and Los Angeles are not expected to change.
More information about the festival is available online at www.lapride.org.
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