City comes alive with Pride as crowds flock to downtown event

Thousands of celebrants took to the streets of downtown Palm Springs and surrounding hotels, restaurants and businesses as the 2021 version of Greater Palm Springs Pride got into full swing Saturday.

The party continues Sunday with the return of an in-person parade. The parade starts at 10 AM on North Palm Canyon Drive at the intersection of East Tachevah Drive, and will travel south, ending at the entrance to the Pride Festival at Amado Road, according to event organizers. The Parade usually lasts two hours and is a free event.

This year’s parade will mark the 35th anniversary of the event, with the theme “You Are Included,” and will be a live return to the event after it was canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19 concerns.

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The festival takes place in outdoor venues and includes three days of dancing in the streets on Arenas Road between Indian Canyon and Calle Encilia, on Palm Canyon Drive between Amado and Tahquitz, and in the new city park at the intersection of Museum Way and Belardo Road. There will be open-air beverage lounges, food vendors, a festival marketplace, a T-Mobile Youth Zone, and a Children’s Garden.

A Flock of Seagulls closes out a weekend packed with performances on the Effen Vodka Main Stage. Following is a complete lineup of entertainment on Sunday:

11 AM: Luna Negra — the Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines

12 PM: DJ Alex D — Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q

12 PM: DJ Jeffree — Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines 

1 PM: Trans Chorus of Los Angeles — Effen Vodka Main Stage

1 PM: Jennifer Corday — Park Stage presented by DAP Health

1:30 PM-CLOSE: Daddy Dawg, Eve Holmes, Allan Jensen, Bonnie Gilgallon, Stephen Knill, Aunduh Estemated, Yasmine Vine — Park Stage presented by DAP Health

1:40 PM: Sassy Ross — Effen Vodka Main Stage 

1:55 PM: Anita Treadmill’s Divos on the Dance Floor, featuring Pearl O’Wisdom, Clammy Faye, Aura, Dusty Porn — Effen Vodka Main Stage

2 PM: DJ Lisa — Arenas Stage hosted by CHANNEL Q

2 PM: DJ Vaughn Avakian — Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines

2:40 PM: Sheena Wolfe — Effen Vodka Main Stage

2:50 PM: Steven Michael’s Dance Machine — Effen Vodka Main Stage

3:05 PM: Cheer LA — Effen Vodka Main Stage

3:20 PM: Ninja Twins — Effen Vodka Main Stage

4 PM: DJ Madevza — Pride Altitude Lounge presented by Alaska Airlines

4:30 PM: A Flock of Seagulls — Effen Vodka Main Stage

More information: For more information about Greater Palm Springs Pride, visit, or follow the organization on Facebook

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