HOLLYWOOD, Calif. -

The 42nd annual three-day Los Angeles LGBT Pride festival begins Friday in West Hollywood, with events aimed at lesbians and transgender individuals.

The third annual "Living Out Loud & Proud" Transgender Social VIP Cocktail Reception will begin at West Hollywood Park at 7:30 p.m.

The Dyke March will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Monica and San Vicente boulevards. The march will include the presentation of the Etheridge Award to the media figure, activist and arts and health care advocate Rita Gonzales.

The award is annually presented to a woman whose community leadership has had a significant impact on the lesbian community. It is named for the singer Melissa Etheridge, its first recipient.

The Purple Party will follow the march. Comedian Fortune Feimster and DJ Asha will host. Beverly McClellan, who reached the final four on the 2011 season of the NBC singing competition "The Voice," and Frenchie Davis, who was a contestant on "American Idol" and "The Voice," will sing. The party will also include performances by Jenny McNulty and Playboy School, spin sets by deejays and appearances by cast members of the Showtime documentary series "The Real L Word."

A festival will be held at West Hollywood Park from noon to midnight Saturday and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Additions to the festival include a water park and a Latino carnival.

The LA Pride parade will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday. Actress Molly Ringwald will be the grand marshal.

Palm Springs has traditionally held its own Gay Pride celebration on the weekend after Halloween in November, due to the June heat, which can surpass 100 degrees.