Pride festival celebrating its 27th year in LB this weekend

The 27th Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Celebration will take place Saturday, May 15 and Sunday, May 16, from 11am to 10pm along Shoreline Drive.
Over the past several years, the festival has become one of the premiere Pride events nationwide, now attracting more than 80,000 participants over two days. The celebration includes seven large dance areas, including a main stage, which has featured musical artists such as Grammy and Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson, Maya, and india.arie. This year’s entertainment will include Martha Wash, Crystal Waters, A Flock of Seagulls and many others.
The 2010 Long Beach Pride Parade will step off at 10:30am on Sunday, May 16, at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Cherry Avenue. Beginning at 9:30am, DJ iPaz! will be spinning tunes, giving away prizes and hosting interactive crowd games at the nearby Bixby Park.
Dignitaries will include: Community Grand Marshal– Michael Barber; Whitey Littlefield Bridge Builder– Senator Alan Lowenthal; Political Grand Marshal– Councilman Robert Garcia; and Political Grand Marshal– Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske.

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