Not only is Palm Springs known for its beautiful weather, resort-style ambiance, and diverse atmosphere, it’s one of the country's most popular cities among the gay and lesbian community, plus its the home to the Greater Palm Springs Pride.
The Greater Palm Springs Pride is one of Coachella Valley's largest events of the year and draws in a crowd of more than 30,000 attendees from all over the globe. Originally the event was held within the women's community but with its popularity and rising numbers in attendance, the Pride blossomed to what it is today, one the nation's most identifiable events. No longer would it be a small picnic, but a festival that would grow to be a three-day event that recognizes and celebrates diversity within the community. The festival and parade would bring the city of Palm Springs revenue to its businesses and unity among the people. In recent years up to $70,000 was given back to the city and various charities. To put into perspective of how much the festival has grown, the Palm Springs Stadium once held 40 vendor booths and since then has multiplied well beyond 200 booths.
Presented during the festival are several activities like an art show that features various works of art in different mediums, a main stage of entertainment for all the live performances, several dance floors that enhance the party-like atmosphere, and when hunger strikes, a variety of food vendors serving only the tastiest fare. There is also a "Best of Show" contest where the works of artists that consist of painting, drawings, sculpture, glass, photography, ceramics and printmaking will be voted on by the public.
The Greater Palms Springs Prides is a wonderful event for the city of Palm Springs, its LGBT (lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender) community, and it focuses on the importance of promoting public awareness and education of civil liberties and personal rights.