Long Beach also boasts a handful of neighborhoods or shall we say A crosswalk painted in rainbow colors at the intersection of Broadway and Junipero Avenue in Long Beach Lita Martinez If you're a queer person who loves parades, loud music, and big crowds, this the most wonderful time of the year. Yes, Pride season is here! While it's clear that Long Beach Pride has come into its own this Long Beach writer may be showing her biasthere's still some debate over which city throws the best party. The city's gay and lesbian community had grown by leaps and bounds by the early '80sand despite early clashes with openly homophobic city councilmembers, organizers say the celebration has now grown up to be one of the biggest Pride events in the country with thousands expected to turn out this year. She also noted that she recognizes a lot of familiar faces every year, and that gives the parade more of a "hometown" feel.
A music festival will take place at the Marina Green, featuring bounce music diva Big Freediaranchera crooner Pablo Monteroand a whole slew of DJs.
While it's clear that Long Beach Pride has come into its own this Long Beach writer may be showing her biasthere's still some debate over which city throws the best party. The Long Beach Post reports that the group has faced persistent financial shortfalls and infighting among its board members. But bigger isn't necessarily better.
Long Beach Pride organizers say their two days of festivities are expected to draw more than 80, people — far fewer than thethat could pack Santa Monica Boulevard for LA Pride.