The second and closing day of the LA Pride festival at West Hollywood Park brought out thousands of attendees.
Pride officials don't have exact attendance figures yet, but anecdotal observations suggest it was one of the largest crowds ever.
From the time the ended about 2 p.m. until after 5 p.m., the line to get into the main gate on San Vicente Boulevard continually stretched almost 500 feet -- past the bus shelter on the southeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and San Vicente Boulevard.
Meanwhile, the second entrance to the festival on El Tovar Place (off Robertson Boulevard), an entrance few people were aware existed, had minimal lines.
In recent years, attendees repeatedly said the festival felt too crampt and crowded. That was due in large part to a third of the park being blocked off during construction of the new West Hollywood Library.
But now that the construction is completed, the festival was able to use the entire park grounds as well as the parking deck adjacent to the library and the street area in front of the library.
"This is the best festival they've had in years," said one attendee. "Nice to have some elbow room here again."
The grassy area in the just reopened northern part of in West Hollywood Park will likely have to be reseeded since much of that grass was trampled after three days of people walking over it.
With warmer weather and an especially high UV Index on Sunday, the new water park area at the festival was especially busy.
The festival also had 125 booths for community organizations, local and national vendors.