Greater Palm Springs Pride Reimagined - Visit Palm Springs

Greater Palm Springs Pride Reimagined

 This Year’s Mostly Online Celebration

On the weekend of Nov. 6-8, 2020 there will be no festival in downtown Palm Springs. There will be no parade. However, Greater Palm Springs Pride will go on—mostly online, like almost everything else has since COVID-19. It will be a combination of online activities that people can participate in from the comfort of their home.

Some of the more traditional things people would see will be via livestream. The Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat will be live-streamed on Friday night. The flag-raising will occur from the Stergios tower at Desert Regional Medical Center. There will be a livestream as the flag unfurling’s not only at the Stergios tower, but also at City Hall.

A car caravan is in the planning process. The idea is that people drive through the city to raise awareness and honk their horns and be visible, and be heard. Cars can only have people from the same household (masks required) and it gives them the opportunity to come out for a couple of hours; make a poster with their messages; and decorate their cars. It is free for people to participate. There will be a scheduled time each participant must follow on the route. Viewers can stay at home and watch a livestream. There’s no speaking; there’s no entertainment, there’s no dancing queens. If there’s a slight chance that people are not going to be safe, then it will not go forward. Stay tuned….

The Front Runners’ 5k run, a fundraiser for the LGBT Center of the Desert, will take place—but instead of everyone running together, the participants will pick their own time and route.

Pride-themed movies will be screened at the Palm Springs Cultural Center—outside, on the newish drive-in screen, with attendees in their cars or socially distanced. The drive-in movie nights are another way where people can be safe and social distance, but come together and watch a couple of Pride-themed movies on Friday and Saturday night.

Greater Palm Springs Pride is not promoting Los Angeles, San Diego, or Long Beach to come and celebrate Pride in Palm Springs because there really isn’t anything for them to come and physically celebrate. There are no parties. There are no pool events. Even the proposed tea dance is virtual where you dance in your home.

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