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Long Beach Pride 2022 will take place in July

Long Beach Pride 2022 will take place a little later this year.

The 37th annual Long Beach Pride Parade and Festival will be held July 8, 9, and 10 along Shoreline Drive in downtown.

Long Beach Pride was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID-19.

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Since launching almost four decades ago, the festival and parade have taken place the weekend before Memorial Day, traditionally the kickoff to summer.

But this year, with Long Beach Pride 2022, it’s time for a change.

“This festival feels like a wonderful comeback for Long Beach Pride and all our guests. We have missed all of them,” Elsa Martinez, president of Long Beach Pride said in a statement.

“We changed the date of the festival and parade to be able to enjoy the incredible setting that we have historically used with warmer weather and longer days,” she said. “This is a long-awaited celebration of our entire LGBTQ+ community.”

The parade will kick off 10:30 a.m. July 10 at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and march west to Alamitos Avenue.

Details about the festival have not yet been released. In previous years, the festival has been located on both sides of Shoreline Drive, at Rainbow Lagoon Park and Marina Green.

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In the statement, it says the festival “will feature live music from top artists on the music and dance stages while showcasing local artists and special community programming.

Guests will enjoy an enhanced experience by visiting different venues within the festival. The food courts will feature food from local eateries and many festival favorites, including favorite food trucks.”

Long Beach Pride, a 501(c)3 non-profit, is an all-volunteer organization that produces the annual three-day Long Beach Pride festival, parade, and teen pride.

Long Beach Pride was established in October 1983 and produced the first festival and parade in June of 1984.

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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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