City to Host, Fund 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade
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Long Beach, CA ~ Long Beach, CA - The City of Long Beach has announced that it will be the official host and funder for the 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade. This decision was made following the mid-year budget review by the Long Beach City Council on February 13th, where they approved $80,000 in one-time funds from the City's Fiscal Year 2024 Budget to support this year's parade. This action ensures that the beloved event will continue in 2024 while Long Beach Pride, the nonprofit organization that traditionally produces the parade, restructures itself.

Mayor Rex Richardson expressed his pride in the city's support for equality and inclusion, stating, "As a city that proudly stands for equality and inclusion, we have long been a supporter of our vibrant LGBTQ+ community. The Long Beach Pride Parade is an integral part of how we celebrate the diversity of our community. We are proud to step up and support this year's event."

The Long Beach Pride Parade has been a staple in both Long Beach and the greater Los Angeles region for decades, drawing thousands of spectators and participants each year. The 41st annual parade will return to its traditional May timeframe on Sunday, May 19th and will travel along iconic stretches of Ocean Boulevard. More details about this year's event, including grand marshals and other highlights, will be announced by the City at a later date.

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The 2024 parade will be funded by the City in partnership with Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Cindy Allen's office. On January 23rd, Councilwoman Allen originally brought forward the recommendation for the City to fund this year's parade. Her district includes the parade route. The estimated total cost of the parade is approximately $130,000 and will be supported by one-time funding from the Special Events and Activities Fund as well as $50,000 from Second Council District One-time District Priority Funds. A request for appropriations to support the Pride Parade will be presented to the City Council later this spring.

Councilwoman Allen, who is also a mother of an LGBTQ+ daughter, expressed her excitement for the parade's return, stating, "The Pride Parade is a Long Beach tradition that we have celebrated for the last 40 years. This event is enjoyed by folks from all over the region and is very important to our community and our LGBTQ+ businesses. As a mom of an LGBTQ+ daughter, it's one of my favorite events to attend. It's a privilege to be able to support this year's event! I know it means a lot to our residents and LGBTQ+ communities across the southland."

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Businesses and community organizations interested in participating in the parade can submit an entry application until Wednesday, May 1st. There is no entry fee to participate in the parade.

The parade will coincide with the Long Beach Pride Festival, which will take place on Saturday, May 18th and Sunday, May 19th along the Downtown waterfront. The festival will remain organized by Long Beach Pride as a separate event. More information about the festival can be found at

Tonya Martin, President of Long Beach Pride, expressed her gratitude for the City's support, stating "Long Beach Pride is very proud to be a part of such a great city as Long Beach. We are truly grateful that the City is stepping up to support this parade so that it continues to be the beacon of light that it has always been for our community."

Residents can stay updated on information about the 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade at

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