Long Beach Pride 2019 Kicks Off Pride Season in Southern California

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Long Beach Pride 2019 is upon us, rain or shine, this weekend, and according to the weather forecast, it’s going to rain on Sunday, June 19 when the Long Beach Pride parade is set to step off at 10:30am down Ocean Boulevard to Lindero Avenue.

The 36th Annual Long Beach Pride 2019 celebration is honoring the 50th Anniversary of the Stonewall Riots with “A Million Moments of Pride, Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall.”

The two-day festival this weekend, is celebrating the LGBTQ community. It will feature sections for kids, teens and seniors, the Sabrina La Blanc’s Block Party “Stonewall Edition”–a collaboration of multiple artists coming together to celebrate the LBGTQ community as a whole but more specifically, the Transgender Community and their contributions towards gay rights.

Participating in the parade on Sunday, will be the Grand Parade Marshal, Kate Linder. Kate has portrayed Esther Valentine on CBS’ The Young and the Restless for 37 years. She has been involved and has supported the LGBT+ community over her career.

West Hollywood’s very own Karina Samala, one of the founders of the Transgender advisory board in WeHo, who is currently the Board Chair at the Transgender Advisory Board in the City of Los Angeles, was selected as the Judith Doyle Community Grand Marshal for her many years of advocacy for transgender people. Karina is currently the producer of the Queen USA, Queen of California and Queen of the Universe Transgender Pageants. As an active member of the LGBTQ community for over 25 years, Karina Samala has been actively involved in campaigning for equal rights and human rights for transgender in Long Beach and Los Angeles County.

Other Long Beach Pride 2019 parade grand marshals include:

Delta Work, a Long Beach native and RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, who was selected as this year’s Marilyn Barlow Parade Grand Marshal; Megan Kerr, Long Beach Unified School District Board of Education member, was selected as one of this year’s parade grand marshals, receiving the Whitey Littlefield Community Bridge Building award; Mario Ernesto Gonzalez is this year’s Robert Crow Community Grand Marshal. Gonzalez has served as the Health Department liaison at local, regional, county and state HIV/AIDS planning groups to advocate on behalf of the greater Long Beach area, has served on the board of The Center-Long Beach and is a Long Beach State graduate; the Dr. Robert Garcia Youth Grand Marshal Award goes to Oliver Nieto, an 18-year-old transgender boy. He is the first transgender Student Council President of Renaissance High School and was personally selected by Mayor Garcia for this award; and selected as the “Morris Kight” Political Grand Marshal is the LGBT+ powerhouse Equality California! Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, leading the Golden State’s fight for full LGBTQ equality for the past 20 years.

The Grand Marshals are nominated through community members and selected by the Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Board members. The Grand Marshals are selected awardees are based on their service to the LGBT+ community.

The Long Beach Pride 2019 festival will be held at Marina Green Park, 386 E. Shoreline Dr., from 11am to 10pm.  It will include four stages: the Nissan Stage, the Dance Stage, the Country Stage and the Estrella Jalisco Stage.

The breakdown of each artist performing is as follows:

Saturday, May 18

11 a.m.: DJ Starlett, DJ Don French, DJ Rick, DJ Edith;
1 p.m.: DJ Kiki SD, DJ Notorious Jen;
1:30 p.m.: DJ Eduardo;
3 p.m.: DJ Romeo, Enrique Jesus Hernandez;
4 p.m.: LA Wranglers, Marger, DJ Tatiana;
5 p.m.: DJ 2LIPS, Brandon Stansell, Ambar;
5:20 p.m.: DJ Tatiana;
5:30 p.m.: Leopold Nunan;
6 p.m.: Ani, Marjorie De Sousa;
6:15 p.m.: DJ Tatiana;
6:45 p.m.: DJ Alex;
7:15 p.m.: Aina Brei’Yon, Pablo Montero;
7:45 p.m.: DJ Spank, Alien Dance Band;
8 p.m.: DJ Tatiana;
8:30 p.m.: DJ Mike Bryant, DJ Kidd Madonny.

Sunday, May 19

11 a.m.: DJ Pinke, DJ Don French, DJ Jonno, DJ Eduardo;
1 p.m.: DJ Groovesection, DJ Timbalerx;
2 p.m.: DJ Katrina;
2:30 p.m.: Mari;
3 p.m.: Sabrina LaBlanc, DJ Koibito, DJ Rick, LA Wranglers, DJ Tatiana;
3:30 p.m.: Ambar;
3:50 p.m.: DJ Tatiana;
4 p.m.: Carletta Couture and Sabrina Leblanc, Ada Vox, DJ Spark, DJ Val Fuery;
4:45 p.m.: Selena Tribute Band;
4:50 p.m.: Surprise Guest;
5 p.m.: Whitney Mixter & Mishelle Ramos – Krave Spring Break Crew;
5:20 p.m.: KingQueen;
5:30 p.m.: DJ Hardy;
6 p.m.: DJ Lez Lee, Marjorie De Sousa;
6:15 p.m.: DJ Hardy;
7 p.m.: DJ HateBoy, Diana Reyes;
7:30 p.m.: @IAMZOIE;
8 p.m.: Big Freedia, DJ Angie Vee, DJ Unknown Boyz;
8:40 p.m.: Miss Shalae;
8:45 p.m.: DJ Josh Peace.

To learn more, visit: https://longbeachpride.com/

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