LA Pride Goes for Oscar Gold with Jennifer Hudson Headlining

Jennifer Hudson is set to have the entire LA Pride Festival singing along on Saturday night.

Jennifer Hudson is set to have the entire LA Pride Festival singing along on Saturday night.

Los Angeles celebrates Gay Pride June 6 through 8 in West Hollywood. Christopher Street West, a non-profit group dedicated to all the needs of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered community hosts the TLGB festivities.

The event consists of a parade and a festival. The parade takes place on Sunday, June 8 and has over 400,000 people involved. Pop star and former judge of “The X Factor,” Demi Lovato is the LA Pride Grand Marshal. She has been an advocate for TLGB rights for quite some time.

The festival takes place on Saturday, June 7 from noon until midnight and Sunday, June 8 from 11 a.m. ’til 11 p.m. This party boasts live music, food and drink vendors, among other attractions.

This year the Pride committee does not disappoint in terms of entertainment. On Friday night, Mary Lambert is set to sing her hits, including her vocals from Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ TLGB anthem, “Same Love.” On Saturday, Azealia Banks takes the stage and hopefully not to stir up any more controversy within the LGBT community. Banks, a self proclaimed bisexual, has been know to spew less than PC remarks at LGBT individuals and groups including Perez Hilton and GLAAD.

The headliner for Saturday night truly needs no introduction. It is Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson. Always a crowd pleaser, Hudson is sure to take down the house with her signature Broadway ballad, “And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going.”

On Sunday, P Diddy’s power group Danity Kane performing their string of hits, as well as their new summer smash, “Lemonade.” The Bangles are also going to take the stage to perform hits of yesteryear and get the crowd on its feet.

However, the true star of Sunday is the multi talented Deborah Cox. Cox performs on the Latino Carnival Stage. A powerhouse vocalist like Cox is going to give Hudson a run for her money.

So when LA Pride closes this year, will you be Team Deborah or Team Jennifer?

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What: LA Pride

Where: West Hollywood

When: Friday, June 6-Sunday, June 8

Tickets: $20-$100

Contact: LAPride.org

Paul Zahn is a Contributer Writer for Living Out Loud - LA, covering lifestyle and entertainment. Follow him on Twitter: @iampaulzahn

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