Palm Springs Pride

Kevin Casibang and Mikah Strong

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The Greater Palm Springs Pride celebration was held from November 3-4, with the festival falling on the 3rd and the parade falling on the 4th. The festival was held along downtown Palm Springs. Rainbows flooded the streets, vendors were at every street corner with pride merch, and people decked in bright colors and pride attire. This year, instead of the festival going down one long street, it branched out to 3 different smaller streets in Downtown Palm Springs. The Youth Center was open for teens to pick up pamphlets about personal safety and grab free water bottles. Pride also had free HIV testing for anybody that wanted to get tested.  Alexandra Hines (‘19) states, “I had a great time at Palm Springs Pride this year. It was incredible to see so many LGBT people come together and celebrate our identities. Everyone was extremely nice and made me and my friends feel welcomed and included in the community.”

At 9 the next morning, parade participants started lining up at the intersection of East Tachevah Drive and North Palm Canyon Drive. As 10 a.m. came, the parade started marching south down Palm Canyon Drive. The crowd had many displays of LGBT pride from drag queens with rainbow hair, to modified pride flags according to their respective orientation. Many local companies, such as Eisenhower Medical Center, participated in the parade with their own floats decked out in rainbow gear. GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) clubs from middle and high schools around the valley also participated in the parade. The parade ended at Arenas Road, where the festival kicked off again shortly after.