Long Beach Pride 2019: Senior Fun Zone gets more space at festival

Long Beach Pride Festival

A visitor at the 2017 Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival shows their pride and California love. Photo: Long Beach Pride.

LONG BEACH — Seniors will have more space to enjoy the festivities at Long Beach Pride this weekend.

The Senior Fun Zone has been expanded, give them additional space to dance, sing karaoke, play games, or relax and make new friends.

“Last year, the Senior Fun Zone was overflowing with guests,” said Darletta Horn, Committee Chair of the Long Beach Pride Senior Fun Zone. “This year, we reached out to additional seniors and organizations to grow our area.”

The Senior Fun Zone is open to adults 55 and older. Seniors 65 and older as well as all veterans with valid identification will receive free admission to the Long Beach Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival.

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The Pride Festival will take place Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green Park and Rainbow Lagoon along Shoreline Drive from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets, $20 each day plus service fees, are available online. At the gate, tickets will be $25.

The Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade will start at Lindero Avenue and Ocean Boulevard at 10:30 a.m. May 19.

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Transportation will be provided to any senior at the festival who needs assistance getting to the fun zone.

Pride officials also said that the senior space will have a permanent place at the festival.

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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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