The 32nd Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade and Festival will take place this weekend, and the city’s very own mayor will serve as grand marshal.
Mayor Robert Garcia will be joined by eight others as parade VIPs. Angela Madsen, the first paraplegic woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean, will serve as the Marilyn Barlow Grand Marshal honoree. Bamby Salcedo, president and founder of The Trans Latina Coalition, a national advocacy organization that addresses the needs and issues of Trans Latino immigrants in the United States, will be honored as the Judith Doyle Grand Marshal. Dr. Cassandra Richards, principal of Willard Elementary School, will serve as the Whitey Littlefield Community Bridge Builder Grand Marshal honoree. Lynwood Mayor José Luis Solache will be the “Morris Kight” Political Grand Marshal. Victor Espinoza, a graduating senior from Wilson High School who has been active in the LGBTQIA+ community throughout high school, has been selected as the Dr. Robert Garcia Youth Grand Marshal honoree. TV personality and singer Chiquis Rivera will be the Special Recognition Grand Marshal honoree. Robert VanBeveran and Leonard Sinatra, co-owners of the Executive Suite nightclub, will serve as the Bob Crow Community Grand Marshal honorees.
The 2015 Long Beach Gay Pride Parade announcers will include local community leaders and drag performers, including Jewels, Mark “Markie” Magdaleno, Ron Sylvester, Wendy Morales, Bella Farrow and Ms. Luna.
The parade will take place on Ocean Boulevard, between Lindero and Alamitos avenues, on Sunday, May 17. The parade day will start off at 8am with the Shoreline Front Runners Pride Run on Junipero Avenue at Ocean Boulevard, along the beach path. At 10am, free pre-parade entertainment will be offered at parade central, on Ocean Boulevard between Junipero and Cherry avenues. The show will include performances by LA Cheer and the Hamburger Mary’s Famous Bruchettes. There will also be prize giveaways that include festival tickets, T-shirts and more.
At 10:30am the parade will kick off with over 150 entries.
“I’m so honored to have been chosen to host this year’s television coverage of the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade,” Sylvester said. “The parade is a great representation of our diverse LGBTQ community, and I’m thrilled to lend my knowledge of the community to help make for a more informative and entertaining broadcast.”
This year’s street closures are along Ocean Boulevard and are as follows: at 5am from Redondo to Lindero avenues; at 8am from Lindero to Cherry avenues; and at 8:30am from Cherry to Alamitos avenues and around the curve to Broadway.
The festival will feature a line-up of performers that include hip-hop artists Salt-N-Pepa on the main stage Saturday and singer Patti LaBelle on the main stage Sunday.
For more information, visit longbeachpride.com .
Source: LB Lesbian and Gay Pride