Long Beach’s second largest gathering – and most colorful event – takes place this weekend. Long Beach Pride weekend, the city’s second largest event of the year, is coming up, with many events and performers planned.
The Long Beach Pride Festival happens Saturday and Sunday, and the Pride Parade takes place Sunday. Here’s everything you need to know about the weekend events.
WHEN AND WHERE
The Pride Festival takes place 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks.
Pride weekend festival May 20-21 at Marina Green Park, and parade at 10:30 a.m. May 21 on Ocean Boulevard at Linden Avenue.
The celebrity grand marshal for the 34th annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade on May 21 is Lisa Vanderpump, an LGBTQ advocate, businesswoman and television personality. Vanderpump is know primarily from her two Bravo shows, “Vanderpump Rules” and “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She is also a restaurant owner, and has been a spokeswoman for GLAAD and has worked closely with the Desert AIDS Project, The Trevor Project and the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center helping homeless LGBT youth.
The entertainment headlining Sunday’s country stage May 21 is country singer Ty Herndon, who, in November 2014, became the first major country artist to publicly come out as gay. Shortly after, he hosted a country music event, titled the Concert for Love and Acceptance, designed to bring attention and support to at-risk youth. Herndon is in the planning stages of a new coalition called RALY (Rescue A Life Y’all) to raise awareness for those with addition or identity issues.
The Shoreline Frontrunners of Long Beach will host its 25th Long Beach Pride Run at 8 a.m. on May 21 at the Shoreline bike path (intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Junipero Avenue). The fee is $30 if registered before April 30 and $35 the day of the race. All participants will receive a timing chip, shirt and a medal. For more information on parking and street closures, or to register for the race, visit shorelinefrontrunners.org
The Pride Parade kicks off 10:30 a.m. Sunday (though you should get there much earlier) at Lindero Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. A pre-parade gathering will be held at 9:30 a.m. at Bixby Park, Cherry Avenue and Ocean Boulevard.
General admission advance tickets to the festival cost $20, and $25 on the day of the event.
Children under 12 are free; senior citizens over 65 and veterans and active military are free with ID.
NEW THIS YEAR
A tribute to the victims of the Orlando night club shooting nearly a year ago will be held at 9:45 a.m. at the start of the parade at Lindero and Ocean.
- Ocean Boulevard between Redondo and Lindero avenues will close from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
- Ocean Boulevard between Lindero and Cherry avenues will close from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Ocean Boulevard between Cherry and Alamitos avenues will close from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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