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Long Beach Pride: Here’s what you need to know about the festival, parade, road closures, rules

Members of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) march in the 2016 Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Parade. Photo: Long Beach Pride.

LONG BEACH — Closets are for clothes — come out, come out, wherever you are.

It’s the week before gay pride, and the rainbow colored flags are hung with care along Ocean Boulevard, signaling that thousands of onlookers will soon be there.

The Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival and Parade, the city’s second largest attended event, takes place May 20 and May 21.

Here’s what you need to know:

FESTIVAL AND PARADE

  • The Long Beach Pride Festival will takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on Shoreline Drive between Shoreline Village Drive and Alamitos Avenue at Marina Green and Rainbow Lagoon parks.
  • General admission advance tickets are $20 online and $25 at the gate for each day.
  • Children under age 12 are free, but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Senior citizens over 65 are free with valid ID as well as veterans and active military with ID.
  • The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. May 21 on Ocean Boulevard at Lindero Avenue and marches west to Alamitos Avenue. At 9:45 a.m., the tribute to the Orlando 49 will begin.

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FESTIVAL RULES

  • No re-entry
  • No distribution of pamphlets, flyers or handbills
  • No solicitations
  • No beverage containers allowed into the festival grounds.
  • No pets, only service animals will be allowed.
  • No folding chairs, bikes, skates, rollerblades or skateboards.
  • Anyone under the age of 21 found consuming alcohol will immediately be evicted from the festival and turned over to Long Beach Police.

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FESTIVAL ROAD CLOSURES

  • Shoreline Drive westbound between Alamitos Avenue and Shoreline Village Drive will close 10 a.m. Thursday
  • Shoreline Drive eastbound between Shoreline Village Drive and Alamitos Avenue will close 7 p.m. Thursday
  • Shoreline Drive will re-open 10 a.m. May 22

PARADE ROUTE CLOSURES

Ocean Boulevard

  • Between Redondo and Lindero avenues from 5 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Between Lindero and Cherry avenues from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Between Cherry and Alamitos avenues from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Country music fans dance under the tent at the 2016 Long Beach Pride Festival. Photo: Long Beach Pride.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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