Monday, June 17, 2024

Pride Month at its tiniest but brightest: Catalina Island Pride returns for third iteration

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Catalina Island Pride returns for its third year in a row as the event continues to grow, from 4,000 its first year to over 6,000 last year. The single day event will take place on Saturday, June 15.

So what is this year’s Catalina Island Pride all about?

While there will be a Friday, June 14 kick-off at the Chi Chi Club from 9PM to midnight for Catalina Island Pride, the main events are to take over the island the following day, Saturyda, June 15:

Wrigley Stage will be the heart of Catalina island Pride, featuring an exciting lineup of live entertainment. Highlights include:

12:00 pm Catalina Island Pride Opening Ceremonies & Pride Walk
1:30 pm Danielle Lande
2:00 pm Sponsors 
2:25 pm Patrick Saint James
2:55 pm DJ Asha
3:55 pm Tonii, Miya King, Sunday
4:35 pm Sister Ray
5:10 pm DJ Fusz
6:00 pm DJ Davy
6:30 pm Mermaid
7:25 pm King Queen
8:25 pm Pulp Vixen

“We are delighted to welcome everyone to Catalina Island for this special celebration of love and diversity,” said Jim Luttjohann, CEO of Love Catalina. “Catalina Island Pride is not just an event; it’s a testament to our community’s commitment to inclusion and acceptance. Catalina is a wonderful destination for LGBTQ+ visitors year-round, offering a welcoming atmosphere, stunning scenery, and a variety of activities for all to enjoy. We look forward to a fantastic day of celebration, music, and unity.”

What makes Catalina Island Pride important for the region

Last year, a 19-year-old by the name of Cain Schleuning was worried about his being accepted among the 4,000 people he called neighbors, friends, and family in Avalon on Catalina Island—that is, until he witnessed hundreds of revelers come out with rainbow flags and smiles for the first Catalina Island Pride celebration.

“All of this really shows that people care and they’ll accept me for me. It’s just lovely to see that I’m not alone,” Schleuning said last year.

While anecdotal, this morsel of a story is an impactful one: It shows the importance of allyship, connectivity to others, and how even among the smallest of communities, inclusion and being seen are important qualities—whether that is through hundreds of thousands of revelers like last year’s L.A. Pride or a few hundred like Catalina’s inaugural celebration.

Well, Catalina, whether several hundred or just ten of us show up, we have your back—and in case we don’t have the chance to say it while strolling along St. Catherine Way or Crescent Avenue, happy Pride.

To make the celebration even more special, Catalina Island Inn and Catalina Canyon Inn are offering a 20% discount on lodging for stays from June 12-18, 2024. These special offers are pre-paid and non-refundable at the time of booking. For more information about the event, visit the Pride page on Love Catalina, or follow @LoveCatalinaIsland and @Catalina_Island_Pride on Instagram for the latest updates.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.

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