L.A. Pride Guide From West Hollywood’s Finest

Hollywood's Brow King Damone Roberts and The Abbey's David Cooley break down the best of this year's Pride, plus WeHo superstar DJ Aaron Colbert tells us where to be and when

By Janet Mercel on 06.10.22

If you know who’s in charge of the most perfect arches in Los Angeles, you know Damone Roberts. At his eponymous brow salon, Damone Roberts Beverly Hills, the international beauty superstar tends to the faces of Oprah, Madonna, Beyoncé, Madame Vice President Kamala Harris, Rihanna, Kim Kardashian, Ariana Grande, Taraji P. Henson, Channing Tatum,  Alicia Keys, Nicki Minaj and Robert Downey Jr. (to name just a few.) Remember Nicole Kidman‘s sculpted contours for last year’s portrayal of Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos? That was him. In the middle of Pride prep madness, he took a moment to give us his weekend lineup.

LA Pride In The Park

On June 11, Damone’s work will be on full display at this week’s major event, LA Pride In The Park in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring the dramatic grooming of the show’s headliner, Christina Aguilera, performing alongside a slew of others like Brazilian singer Anitta, and a 4-hour DJ set by pansexual dance party, A Club Called Rhonda.

Saturday, June 11, 1 PM to 11 PM, Los Angeles Historic State Park. Tickets here.

So Gay at Thompson and tommie

Other musts include the tommie Hollywood and Thompson Hollywood, for Femme Follies, the burlesque show every Wednesday at Thompson’s rooftop Bar Lis, but especially this weekend for Pride packages. “So Gay The Thompson Way”, “Gay Getdown” and “So Gay To Stay” include extras like line-dancing classes, cocktail service and custom goodies from Teressa Foglia, Fiorucci, and So Gay Rosé, plus a portion of all proceeds goes to the Los Angeles LGBT center.

Extra Perk: Any Thompson or tommie hotel guest will receive a 20% promotion towards a brow service from Damone Roberts or his team.

Cherry Bomb ambientato, from Italian inclusive-love burger joint, Flower Burger

Everyone’s favorite regulars

Damone’s recharge and refuel stop is the L.A. outpost of Italian inclusive-love burger joint, Flower Burger. And because it wouldn’t be Pride without a full roster of weekend events at perennial chosen spots, Damone says, “Everyone loves Rocco’s and The Abbey!”

As far as The Abbey goes, everyone in WeHo gets a warm welcome from David Cooley, a man who needs no introduction in L.A. (but we’ll give him one anyway, as the founder and owner of the beloved, iconic, and world famous gay bar and club.)

A rotating calendar of events is on all month long, complete with Born Again Fridays and Salvation Saturdays at The Chapel at The Abbey, and the legendary Sunday Funday brunches. See the full schedule here.

“The Abbey just celebrated 31 years,” David says, “and in 40 years I’ve never missed a Pride- first as a resident, then as business owner. Coming off two years of Covid, it’s brought business and energy back to our bars and restaurants, the hotels are full. I have so much pride in our city and city leaders. My full support is behind every event from everyone – Pride is all month long!” 

Bar Lis at Thompson Hollywood. Photo by Michael Mundy

LA Pride Parade & Pride Village

Sunday’s main events are, of course, the LA Pride Parade, featuring Community Grand Marshal Sir Lady Java, Celebrity Grand Marshal Marc Indelicato, and Icon Grand Marshal Paula Abdul, and the neighborhood street festival, Hollywood Pride Village.

Sun, June 12, parade step off is 10:30 AM.

Aaron Colbert curated a special LA pride playlist

Options, options everywhere 

WeHo mainstay Aaron Colbert is that special DJ who can somehow be a dozen places at once, while keeping the energy sky high in all of them. As the entertainment director at Kimpton La Peer, Hotel Ziggy, Revolver WeHo, Fanny at Academy Museum, La Parc Hotel and Conservatory, he shares his top spots and where he’ll be spinning the rest of June. 

The highlight, Summertramp Future Lovers Block Party presented by The Nightbreed at the famous Capitol Records building in Hollywood featuring Kiesza, Netta + Special Guest, complete with a Hot Pink Pleasure Park, Legendary Above-Ground Pool Action, Thick n’ Slick Slip’Slide (aka bubble blowing blow-up water slides and street pools) and a Green Qween Cannabis Bar.

Sun, June 12, 12 noon- 10 PM. Tickets here.

BONUS: Check out DJ Aaron’s Pride 2022 Playlist


GLOW UP at La Peer Hotel

For a little relax and detox after all that tox, head over to La Peer on Saturday for  massage and facials, lashes and brows (and vodka!) plus treats from DOGPOUND gym, Gelato Festival and L.A. Weekly  and rainbow rose bouquets from Spruce L.A.‘s flower truck.

Sat, June 11, 2 PM- 6 PM, Kimpton La Peer Hotel, West Hollywood.


DJ Event Schedule

June 10, 9-1 AM Soho House West Hollywood. 

June 12, 1- 6 PM Marina Del Rey Hotel Pool. Sunday Boat House Pride Party with drag performances.

June 18, 12- 6 PM Hotel Ziggy Pool 

June 19, 6-10 PM Fanny @ Academy Museum 

June 19, 11- 4 PM Conservatory West Hollywood

June 26, 12- 6 PM Viceroy Santa Monica Pool

“No Apologies” cocktail, The West Hollywood EDITION
Sunset at EDITION

The West Hollywood EDITION joins the party

Stop by any restaurant or bar on the property (The Roof, Ardor, Sunset, and the Lobby Bar) for a “No Apologies” cocktail- Empress Gin, Betenzen peach liquor, smoked peach puree, Contratto Bitter and lemon juice with a candied hibiscus garnish – the EDITION‘s salute to the amorphous, fluid, unique nature of every identity in their vibrant WeHo community. Need a reason for another round? A portion of the proceeds from each cocktail will be donated to LA’s LGBT Community Center.

Finally, stop by The Spa at EDITION for GLOW & RENEW combos during the month of June and receive 15% off services based on locally sourced and plant derived treatments and products.



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