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Fabulous photos from the Long Beach Pride Parade 2018

LONG BEACH — Everyone loves a parade, especially a Gay Pride parade.

Thousands of onlookers lined Ocean Boulevard Sunday, waving their Gay Pride flags and cheering people who marched along the Long Beach Gay Pride Parade route.

It was a party in the streets with colorful floats, fabulous drag queens, a live band, and DJs spinning dance music.

Many of the apartments, homes, and condominiums that dot Ocean Boulevard also were having a gay old time — Some people hosted Pride parties in their front yards or inside their residences, which were decorated with rainbow-colored Gay Pride flags and banners.

Parties aside, the parade has a serious side. Gay Pride parades are about giving visibility to the entire LGBTQ community and reminding people that our fight for equality is far from over. Pride Parades started as a revolt against the oppression power structures that refused to acknowledge that we exist and refused to give us equal protection under the law.

In 2018, the fight for justice continues.

Here are some scenes from the Pride Parade with participants saying it loud and saying it proud.

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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