Downtown Long Beach Associates and the Office of Long Beach Vice Mayor Robert Garcia will present the 4th Annual Latin-American Parade & Festival Saturday, Sept. 8. Expected to draw thousands, the event will take place downtown, with the parade stepping off at 3pm from Pine Avenue and 6th Street. A spectator area and emcee/announcer booth will be located at Pine Avenue and 4th Street. The festival, which will include numerous live performances, will last from 3pm to 9pm at 4th Street and The Promenade.
Long Beach City College President Eloy Ortiz Oakley will lead the parade as the grand marshal. Luis Lemus, owner of Prospector Restaurant and Bar, will serve as community marshal. The parade will include decorated floats, classic cars, dance groups, community organizations and musical performers.
“This event is a wonderful celebration of Latin-American culture,” said DLBA Board member and event chair Hilda Sanchez. “We are thrilled to be able to honor President Oakley and Mr. Lemus while celebrating with the Latin-American and Long Beach community.”
Parade spectators are invited to become a part of the show, following behind the final entry until it reaches the festival area. The festival will feature numerous vendors, including authentic Latin-American cuisine. Live performers will entertain the crowds from two stages. The festival will be emceed by Latino 96.3FM’s Raq-C.
“The Latin-American Parade and Festival has become one of the most anticipated cultural celebrations in Downtown Long Beach,” Garcia said. “We invite all community members to come out and enjoy live music, art and delicious cuisine from more than a dozen Latin-American countries.”