PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
411 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

2/26/2024
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # 022624
Subject:
City to Host, Fund 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade
Parade Entry Application Now Available; Weekend festival will continue to be organized by Long Beach Pride
Contact:
City of Long Beach Office of Public Affairs and Communications
LongBeachMedia@longbeach.gov






Photo of Pride flag waving in the breeze on Ocean Boulevard

Long Beach, CA – The City of Long Beach will serve as the official host and funder for the 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade. This news comes following the Feb. 13 mid-year budget review by the Long Beach City Council, which approved $80,000 in one-time funds from the City’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget to fund this year’s Long Beach Pride Parade. This one-time action ensures the longstanding and cherished event continues for 2024 while Long Beach Pride, the nonprofit that traditionally produces the parade, restructures its organization.  

“As a city that proudly stands for equality and inclusion, we have long been a supporter of our vibrant LGBTQ+ community,” said Mayor Rex Richardson. “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 of Long Beach and the LA region for decades, attracting thousands of spectators and participants each year. The 41st annual parade will return to its traditional May timeframe, taking place on Sunday, May 19, and will travel along iconic stretches of Ocean Boulevard. More details regarding this year’s event, including grand marshals and other highlights, will be provided by the City at a later date.

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

“The Pride Parade is a Long Beach tradition that we have celebrated for the last 40 years,” said Vice Mayor and Second District Councilwoman Cindy Allen. “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 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.”

Businesses and community organizations interested in participating in the parade can submit an entry application now through Wednesday, May 1, 2024. There is no entry fee to participate in the parade.

The parade will coincide with the Long Beach Pride Festival, taking place Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19 along the Downtown waterfront. The festival will be a separate event that will remain organized by the Long Beach Pride organization. More information about the festival will be available at longbeachpride.com/festival.

“Long Beach Pride is very proud to be a part of such a great city as Long Beach,” said Tonya Martin, President of Long Beach Pride. "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."

Information and updates about the 2024 Long Beach Pride Parade will be available at longbeach.gov/prideparade.

About the City of Long Beach 
Long Beach is nestled along the Southern California coast and home to approximately 466,000people. As an award-winning full-service charter city, Long Beach offers the amenities of a metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods, culture, and community. With a bustling downtown and over six miles of scenic beaches, Long Beach is a renowned tourist and business destination and home to the iconic Queen Mary, nationally recognized Aquarium of the Pacific and Long Beach Airport, the award-winning Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center and world-class Port of Long Beach.

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