DTLA Proud Festival returns this weekend with performances by rapper Big Freedia and more

ABC7 is proud to be a sponsor of the event, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28.

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
1st day of DTLA Proud Festival brings joy and hope
DTLA PROUD announced the location of their new LGBTQ+ community center at their Grand Park festival.

DOWNTOWN LA (KABC) -- The DTLA PROUD Festival is back this weekend and several big names are expected to take part, including rapper Big Freedia.

The New Orleans bounce music artist was most recently featured in Beyoncé's new hit song "Break My Soul."

"It's Pride in downtown L.A. We're going to turn it all the way up. We're going to have people on the dance floor and ready to do what they came to do and that's party," Big Freedia said.

This year, the festival made a new home for the LGBTQIA+ community at Grand Park. It was previously held at neighboring park, Pershing Square.

ABC7 is proud to be a sponsor of the event, taking place Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 27-28.

The DTLA Proud Festival is organized by a grassroots group of local residents, business owners, community leaders and nightlife promoters living in downtown L.A.

The weekend festivities will transform the entire space at Grand Park as the event will span from the Music Center on Grand Avenue to Los Angeles City Hall on Spring Street.

For the first time, the DTLA PROUD Festival will be free for all ages to attend.

Three blocks of Grand Park will feature curated programming; with special intention and effort on segments of the community that often go underrepresented.

They are introducing a new shared space for parents and queer families and will also feature programming for people of color, trans, non-binary and femme communities.

The theme this year is "We are here, we are queer, and we aren't going anywhere!" and organizers want to emphasize that their fight is not over.

Their mission is to create safe spaces and experiences to celebrate queer love and representation.

On Saturday, organizers announced details on DTLA PROUD's new community center space. A.R.T. (Accessibility, Representation, Thrive) will be opening in late Fall 2022.

"We really put an emphasis on trying to engage the community that is active 365 days a year," said Oliver Alpuche, the founder DTLA PROUD.

This new space will all allow the nonprofit organization to be active 365 days a year and to be a resource and outlet for the LGBTQIA+ community in the downtown area.

"L.A. is a little more inclusive and this feels like everyone is represented here," said Sean McDonald, who attended Saturday's events.

Overall, the festival is all about having fun and celebrating the rainbow represented in the community.

"It's definitely needed for representation and a celebration of us being queer in the community," Marisol Sanchez of Boyle Heights. "I'm really happy that the city of L.A. is having this for us."

For more information on the DTLA PROUD Festival, click here.

If you'd like to donate to the DTLA PROUD Community Center, check out their GoFundMe page.