Greater Palm Springs celebrates Pride all year long, with Cathedral City LGBT Days kicking things off in March and the Palm Springs Pride Parade wrapping up the Pride Season as the last Pride Parade in November. 

Palm Springs Pride 2022 was an unforgettable week-long celebration of community here in the Coachella Valley. Our theme, “SAY GAY” highlighted the importance of being out and proud now more than ever. With an estimated 200,000 visitors coming to our desert oasis for Pride, this is an excellent opportunity to reconnect with old friends and meet some new ones. 

Events ranging from “Pride on the Page,” a celebration of LGBTQ+ books and writers, drag brunches, dance and pool parties, art exhibitions, and major headliners including Pussy Riot and Todrick Hall ensures there was always something to do for everyone regardless of gender, orientation, or taste. 

Pride week kicked off the Sunday before Pride with a fantastical night of Halloween on Arenas in the heart of Palm Springs’ queer district. A costume contest and street party set the tone for the next week of events. 

The LGBTQ+ History & Archives of the Desert presented “Telling their Stories, Celebrating their Legacy” at the Welwood Murray Library. This exhibition told the stories of local LGBT organizations, businesses, and events. The library also had a special exhibit of Jose Sarria: Legendary Drag Queen and LGBTQ+ Activist (1922 – 2013), a San Francisco drag scene legend. Out and Latino, Sarria dedicated his life to fighting for LGBTQ+ rights and even ran as the country’s first known openly gay candidate for public office.

Tuesday, our community honored victims of hate crimes with a candlelight vigil and March named in memory of George Zander, a local activist attacked in downtown Palm Springs.

Thursday brought UNBOUND: an immersive kink chamber opera. It also found popular LGTBQ-owned Boozehounds hosting a doggy celebration of Pride with a Bow Wow Ball where pooches and their owners showed off their “eleganza” extravaganza. 

Once the weekend came, you didn’t have to do much to be immersed in Palm Springs Pride. On Friday, the Arena District and KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs kicked things off with a DJ stage and T-shirt swap that benefited Well in the Desert. The “SAY KGAY” muscle shirts were a huge hit, with KGAY collecting over 200 gently used shirts to benefit our community. 

DJ Galaxy & DJ ModGirl on the KGAY stage

The DJs kept the party going all weekend long on Arenas Road playing dance hits on the outdoor stage. With DJs including Palm Springs’ own DJ Galaxy, Eric Ornelas, DJ Modgirl, as well as international sensation The Robin Party, the street was transformed.

Saturday events included the HRC Garden Party raising money to ensure LGBTQ+ and friendly political candidates have the funds they need to help represent our community at every level of government. 

The Palm Springs Pride Run & Walk gave people a healthy way to start their weekend. The 3.1-mile course wound through Palms Springs historic Old Las Palmas neighborhood, which has historically been home to Hollywood’s biggest stars. 

Sunday’s Pride Parade featured over 200 contingents from community organizations to sponsors.

Greater Palm Springs, with its large and vibrant LGBTQ+ community, is known as a welcoming and inclusive travel destination. Nine distinct cities – Palm Springs, Desert Hot Springs, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage, Palm Desert, Indian Wells, La Quinta, Indio and Coachella – make up this Southern California oasis, where visitors can enjoy world-class resorts, boutique hotels, a lively nightlife scene, cultural attractions, and signature events like Greater Palm Springs Pride.