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Iggy Azalea, Natalia Jiménez to headline Long Beach Pride

Iggy Azalea Long Beach Pride

Iggy Azalea will headline Long Beach Pride in July. Photo: Thom Kerr.

Iggy Azalea and Natalia Jiménez will headline Long Beach Pride in July, organizers announced Thursday.

The Long Beach Pride Festival will take place July 8-10, and the Long Beach Pride Parade will happen July 10.

Long Beach Pride said earlier this year that the festival and parade would be rescheduled to later in the year.

“This year’s Long Beach Pride will be our biggest, and will become the gold standard for Pride festivals across the globe,” Elsa Martinez, president of Long Beach Pride, said in a statement. “For us to tell our story in a way that honors the struggle, celebrates the community, and captivates new generations while showcasing our history, we will engage our audience in a variety of ways.”

Tickets, available online, range from $30 to $90 plus service fees.

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Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, born Amethyst Amelia Kelly, has been nominated for multiple Grammy awards, including for Best Record in 2015 for “Fancy,” featuring English singer Charli XCX.

In 2020, Azalea was listed at number 50 in Rolling Stone Australia’s “50 Greatest Australian Artists of All Time” issue. Her latest album, “End of an Era,” was released in 2021.

Jiménez, the other headliner, has won both Grammy and Latin Grammy awards. She has performed with other major Latin music stars, including Marc Anthony and Ricky Martin.

The festival stages also will spotlight Sonora Tropicana, Amoro Prohibido Band (a Selena tribute band), Gia Banks (“Legendary”) and hip-hop singer-actress YoYo, among others.

A circuit dance pavilion will be added to this year. Scheduled DJs include Alexander, Alex Acosta, Kidd Madonny, Nina Flowers, and Tony Moran.

In addition to performances by Iggy Azalea and Natalie Jiménez, the festival stages will spotlight Sonora Tropicana, Amoro Prohibido Band (a Selena tribute band), Gia Banks (“Legendary”) and hip-hop singer-actress YoYo, among others.

Also, the festival will feature “activations and attractions that will entertain, educate, and inspire our audience,” Martinez said.

  • Community walls – This area will offer spaces for reflection and interaction, where people can write inspirational messages.
  • Drag make-up – Didn’t come in full face? The drag-diva glam squad will give the business. Step up for a sprinkling of glitter and quick lip pop. Or, reserve a sit-down session and emerge completely transformed.
  • Family fun zone – A family-friendly area to relax and play alongside interactive activations that celebrate diversity and individuality at all ages.
  • Roller rink – A rainbow-colored roller rink will be pulsing with iconic dance anthems through the decades.
  • Senior fun zone – This space will have several activities, including music, karaoke, and bingo.
  • Silent disco – Visitors can dance to their own beat in this disco DJ dome. Strap on a headset and shake your groove thing.
  • S&M playground – Leather will dominate at this adult fun zone. Kink and body confidence are the order of the day. It will be a  titillating adventure.
  • Transcendence Dome – The trans community and trans women of color will be spotlighted for their work in helping make Pride what it is. This pop-up museum will share LGBTQ+ history and highlight the remaining goals to be achieved.

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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