WEST HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA) – On its 50th anniversary, the iconic Los Angeles Pride Festival and Parade, which normally draw hundreds of thousands of people to West Hollywood in June, will be going digital because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Organizers announced Thursday that the festival will instead be held virtually on several digital platforms over a period of months and spanning into 2021.READ MORE: No Appointments Needed This Week At New COVID-19 Vaccination Sites In Palmdale And Lancaster
Back in mid-March, Christopher Street West – the nonprofit group in charge of putting on the festival, announced that it would be postponed. However, it confirmed Thursday that the festival has been canceled the in-person celebrations, and will instead return in 2021.READ MORE: Porto's Bakery Getting Ready To Open Northridge Location
“Due to the evolving effects surrounding COVID-19, CSW has made the responsible decision to forgo in-person LA Pride celebrations for the remainder of the year,” the group said in a statement. “The organization will instead re-imagine how it will celebrate its 50th anniversary through new and exciting initiatives hosted on its digital platforms, with the hope of returning to a physical celebration in 2021. More details will be announced soon on how Los Angeles will celebrate its 50th Anniversary through exciting digital initiatives.”
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CSW said it would roll out its digital initiatives in the coming months.