Long Beach Pride Festival announces entertainment

Grammy-winning singer Mya and acclaimed actress-singer Laura León will be gracing the stages at the Long Beach Pride Festival next week.

“We are very excited to announce Mya and Laura León will be sharing their talents on the Long Beach stage this summer,” Elsa Martinez, Long Beach Pride co-president, said in a press release.

Mya will headline the urban stage at the Long Beach Pride Festival on Aug. 5 and 6, while León will headline the Fiesta Caliente stage on Aug. 6.

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Other Fiesta Caliente stage singers include Lucia Mendez (Aug. 5) and Edith Marquez (Aug. 5) with additional performances by Ambar, Mar Solis, Esteman and Jessica Esoterica.

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

The teen pride festival will take place Aug. 4 at Rainbow Lagoon Park from 4 to 9 p.m. Students need to have their school ID for free admission.

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

The dance music tent will feature a variety of circuit DJs, including Kidd Madonny, Ana Paula, and Dawna Montell.

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. Veterans and seniors will be required to show ID.

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.

This year, the Long Beach Pride Festival celebrates its 40th anniversary.

The festival and parade started as an effort by the local gay community to make its own identity while living in the shadow of Los Angeles’ pride event.

The first parade in 1984 lasted just 30 minutes, and the two-day festival drew 5,000 people to Palm Island, which was located at the end of Pine Avenue in what is Shoreline Drive.

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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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