Long Beach Pride Parade announces grand marshals

Long Beach Pride Parade Grand Marshals

Long Beach Pride Parade marchers make their way along Ocean Boulevard May 20, 2018. Photo: Thomas R. Cordova

Valentina, host of “Drag Race México” alongside Lolita Banana, will be one of several grand marshals at the Long Beach Pride Parade next month.

Valentina (aka James Andrew Leyva), a 32-year-old Bell native, 

came to international attention as a contestant on the ninth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the fourth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”

The Long Beach Pride Parade will take place Aug. 6 at 10:30 a.m.

It will kick off at Ocean Boulevard and Lindero Avenue and march west to Alamitos Avenue.

The parade will feature colorful floats, marching bands, community groups, and thousands of spectators.

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Audiences can tune-in to special Long Beach Pride Parade coverage on Aug. 6 on nbcla.com and Telemundo52.com and via the station’s streaming local news channels Noticias California and NBC Los Angeles News.

The Long Beach Pride Festival will take place Aug. 5 and 6 along Shoreline Drive at Rainbow Lagoon and Marina  Green.

Four stages will showcase a variety of music: Latin, R&B, country, and circuit.

Single day general admission tickets are $40. Tickets for teens (ages 13-17), military/veterans, and seniors will be available at the box office on show days for $20. An ID for military/veteran and Seniors will be required.

Here are parade grand marshals.

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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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