Aside from the beautiful weather, magnificent resorts and spectacular mountain views, Palm Springs is well known for its gay and lesbian visitor's and community. Each year, in November, the Greater Palm Springs Pride festival welcomes gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and visitors of all orientations who want to enjoy a festive extravaganza in Palm Springs.
When the notion of the Greater Palm Springs Pride first began, it focused primarily on women. With increasing popularity from year to year it has become the most sought-after event in all of Palm Springs, and a notable occasion throughout the world. Who could have possibly fathomed that the yearly attendance would grow to nearly 40,000 people from various cultures and interests in recent years?
Events & Activities
This three-day festival includes a variety of activities. An art show heralds a versatile realm of paintings, photos, sculptures and other artistically splendid designs. One of the most popular events is the "Best in Show", where visitors vote on the "best" art work. During the day, the Palm Springs Pride Parade marches down Palm Canyon Drive featuring an inventive and often suggestive ensemble of costumes, themes, flags and floats. Throughout the streets there are numerous vendors featuring an assortment of homemade cuisines. As the evening presents, the party begins as dance floors open up to enhance the nightlife atmosphere.
Greater Palm Springs Pride also benefits the community and a number of charities. In recent years, approximately $70,000 has been raised for charitable purposes. Most local businesses along Palm Canyon Drive keep their doors open during the festival, and they usually profit quite well in doing so.
Aside from all the events, partying and activities, perhaps the most important factor of the Greater Palm Springs Pride is the enthusiastic, yet non-political, voice that promotes the equality of rights for those of all orientations.