Long Beach Pride 2022 – Everything you need to know about festival, parade

Long Beach Pride 2022

Long Beach Pride parade march along Ocean Boulevard May 20, 2018. Photo: Thomas R. Cordova

After a two-year absence due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety precautions, Long Beach Pride will return this weekend.

Long Beach Pride 2022, the 39th Pride Festival and Parade, will take place Saturday and Sunday as well as teen Pride Friday along the downtown waterfront.

Long Beach Pride is the city’s second largest attended event with more than 80,000 people expected. More than 40,000 are estimated to show up at the Pride parade along Ocean Boulevard to cheer the participants. 

What’s the history of the Pride parade? One of the Pride board members had to wear a bulletproof vest, and the city of Long Beach did everything it could to squash the parade.

Here’s everything you need to know about Long Beach Pride 2022.

Not apart of the official events, but it’s worth noting that the Long Beach Dyke March will take place Friday at 7 p.m.

Long Beach Pride Festival

The Long Beach Pride Festival will take 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.


The festival will feature four stages of music

  • Circuit
  • Country
  • Fiesta Caliente
  • Urban and soul

Festival activations

  • Roller Rink – This feature is the centerpiece of their activations and fun for the whole family.
  • Leather Expo – Leather dominates the adult fun zone. Kink and body confidence are the order of the day. Strap in for a titillating adventure with a vibrant community.
  • Transcendence Dome – This pop-up museum centers on the trans community and trans women of color who helped pioneer everything Pride through a protest for survival and human rights.


  • Advance festival tickets online are $40-$265 plus service fees. Tickets are also available at the box office for each day
  • Kids 12 and under are free, but must be accompanied by an adult
  • Students between 13 and 17, seniors 65 and older, and military personnel and veterans with ID are $15 each day at the box office.



  • Paulina Rubio will headline the Fiesta Caliente Stage at 6 p.m.
  • Iggy Azalea will headline the Urban Soul Stage at 8 p.m.
  • Reload Dance Pavilion will spotlight numerous circuit DJs

Festival rules

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

Festival road closures

  • Shoreline Drive westbound between Alamitos Avenue and Shoreline Village Drive is closed.
  • Shoreline Drive eastbound between Shoreline Village Drive and Alamitos Avenue will close 7 tonight
  • Shoreline Drive will re-open 10 a.m. Monday

Long Beach Pride Parade

  • The parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. May 20 on Ocean Boulevard at Lindero Avenue and march west to Alamitos Avenue.

Parade route road closures Sunday

  • Ocean Boulevard between Redondo and Cherry avenues from 4:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Ocean Boulevard between Cherry and Atlantic avenues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All north of Ocean Boulevard streets, including Coronado, Paloma, Orizaba, Temple, Molino, Kennebec, Junipero, and Cherry avenues from 4:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All north of Ocean Boulevard streets,  including Hermosa, Gaviota, Falcon, Esperanza, Orange, Cerritos, Bonito, Alboni, and Alamitos avenues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • All south of Ocean Boulevard streets from 19th Place to Junipero Avenue from 4:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
  • All south of Ocean Boulevard streets from 15th to First places from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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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