Amy Schneider cancels Long Beach Pride Parade appearance

Amy Schneider Long Beach Pride Parade

Amy Schneider has canceled her appearance Sunday as the grand marshal in the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo: Jeopardy!

Amy Schneider has canceled her appearance at Long Beach Pride.

Schneider, the 40-time “Jeopardy” champion, was scheduled to be the grand marshal in Sunday’s Long Beach Pride Parade, but organizers said she had to cancel due to a family emergency.

“Late last week I had a family emergency that forced me to cancel several upcoming events and appearances,” Schneider said in a statement released Friday night by Long Beach Pride. “Unfortunately, one of those events was the Long Beach Pride Parade.

“While I’m very disappointed that I won’t be there to celebrate in person, please know I’ll be there in spirit, and it will be an amazing day regardless,” she said.

In the same statement, Long Beach Pride board president Elsa Martinez said, “We send our best wishes to Amy and her family at this trying time and hope that she will be able to join us in person at next year’s event.

“We will miss Amy, but we promise that this year’s parade will be a highlight of Pride and one that will be remembered for many years to come,” Martinez said.

On her Twitter and Instagram pages, Schneider said she will be appearing tonight at a fundraiser in San Francisco.

The Long Beach Pride Parade will step off at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and head west. It ends at Alamitos Avenue.

The Long Beach Pride Festival takes place today and Sunday along Shoreline Drive at Rainbow Lagoon and Marina Green.

Music headliners include Iggy Azalea, Natalia Jiménez, and Paulina Rubio.

The festival will have community programming, sponsor activations, a dance tent with circuit music DJs, and food and drinks from local area eateries.

Advance festival tickets online are $40-$265 plus service fees. Tickets are also available at the box office.

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.

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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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