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Palm Springs Pride has arrived. Here are some highlights.

Posted on November 3, 2023

The largest free Pride festival south of San Francisco kicked off Wednesday morning with a giant rainbow flag unfurling, and the rest of the week is packed with parties, parades, and more.

BY KENDALL BALCHAN ● PRIDE ● NOVEMBER 1, 2023

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Sunday’s parade along Palm Canyon Drive is the biggest annual event in the city.

With much fanfare and a little encouragement, a giant rainbow flag symbolizing the start of Palm Springs Pride was unfurled Wednesday morning on the west side of the Stergios Tower at Desert Regional Medical Center, officially kicking off Palm Springs Pride for the 37th year. 

“It’s more than just dropping a flag from a building,” said Palm Springs Pride President Ron deHarte before the unfurling. “It’s a symbol that tells people who visit Palm Springs that they’re welcome here.”

Also on Wednesday, crews began hoisting more than 30 rainbow flags at city properties, including City Hall and the police and fire departments. It’s believed to be the first time any municipality has displayed the flags on all buildings.

Pride events, including music, parties, and more, get underway Thursday throughout downtown. Here’s a rundown of some of the biggest events.

Thursday

Palm Springs Latin Pride Fiesta
From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Arenas District will be the city’s inaugural Latin Pride, Fiesta ¡Orgullo! Featuring local band, Giselle Woo & the Night Owls and DJs playing a mix of Latin hits.

One Night Love Affair
This poolside pride party starts at 6 p.m. at the Saguaro. Featuring an all-vinyl disco set from Jake B, disco, drag, and other performers, ticket sales from the One Night Love Affair will be donated to the LGBTQ Community Center of the Desert. ($20)

Friday

Arenas District Pride Weekend Kickoff
From 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. KGAY and White Party Global Stage host an outdoor party marking the start of the busy weekend at the Arenas District. In addition to the outdoor dance floor, attendees will also find food trucks and outdoor beverage lounges. Arenas district will be packed with parties and outdoor activities all weekend!

LGBTQ Servicemember Wreath Laying Ceremony
Local veterans’ organizations host this ceremony to honor LGBTQ servicemembers at 6 p.m. at the Pride Festival’s Hornitos main stage on Palm Canyon Drive.

Interfaith Pride Kabbalat Shabbat
People of all faiths are invited to United Methodist Church of Palm Springs at 6:30 p.m. for a pluralistic prayer service with a core of Jewish liturgy led by members of the local clergy.

Saturday

Palm Springs Pride 5k Run and Walk
Join Palm Springs Front Runners and Walkers at 8 a.m. for this 3.1-mile run (or walk) through Old Las Palmas. Proceeds will benefit the LGBT Community Center of the Desert and the Transgender Health & Wellness Center. A portion of registration fees help keep the Pride parade and festival free. Be sure to register online here before the race

Sunday

Greater Palm Springs Pride Parade
Pride Week’s signature event, the Pride Parade, starts at 10 a.m. and runs on Palm Canyon Drive between Tachevah Drive and East Amado Road. Thousands of attendees will line to the streets to cheer on the floats and groups supporting pride. After, make your way to the Pride Festival just down the street from East Amado Road to West Baristo Road.

This is, of course, not an exhaustive list of the many, many events happening in and around Palm Springs. Check out the official Palm Springs Pride event calendar online here for more information on pool parties, theater, drag performances, and more. 

Author

KENDALL BALCHAN

Kendall was born and raised in the Coachella Valley and brings deep local knowledge and context to every story. Before joining The Post she spent three years as a producer and investigative reporter at NBC Palm Springs. She attended both College of the Desert and the University of Oregon.