Annual Pride festivities bring diversity to LB for 29th year

Matt Sun/Signal Tribune<br><strong> Participants in Long Beach’s 29th annual Pride Parade carry a giant rainbow-colored flag along Ocean Boulevard at Lindero Avenue last Sunday morning. </strong>
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. presented a number of special events last week, concluding with the 29th annual Pride Parade and Festival during the weekend. The events included: lectures; a teen picnic; HIV testing; Mr., Miss & Ms. Gay Pride Long Beach Contest; a “Laugh Til You Tinkle” comedy show; a Starlette Review Pride Show; the 5th Annual Pink Party; and a Communion on the Bluff presented by St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.
On Saturday, Grammy Award-winner Queen Latifah headlined the weekend Festival’s entertainment, which also included The Village People, Shannon, Blackbox, Evelyn Champagne King and Omar Perez, among others.
According to the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. website, over the past several years, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide and now attracts more than 80,000 participants over two days.

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