Arrive Early as Pride Flows This Weekend

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Rainbow flags, festive clothing, nuns dressed in drag and plenty of non-stop dancing and music fill Long Beach this weekend at the 28th annual Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade.

The first parade was held in 1984 by advocates who believed the event was needed to instill awareness of and self-worth within Long Beach's sizable LGBT community. The first couple years were rough financially, but Long Beach Pride has grown to become the nation's third largest, attracting more than 75,000 participants over the two-day celebration.

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Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC Weekly
 
Indeed, Pride Week, as it is now known, kicked off April 30 with the third annual Draglicious performances at Cal State Long Beach and continued through the first couple weeks of May with a Long Beach Museum of Art gala featuring Mayor Bob Foster, the Mr. and Mrs. Gay Pride contests and other special shows and educational programs aimed at people of all ages and genders.

A Teen Pride Festival overtakes the Rainbow Lagoon area at 4 this afternoon. Music fills the evening air with a free concert at Bixby Park, an urban showcase at Cafe Ambrosia and the fourth annual "Pink Party" outdoor dance extravaganza at the Pike (Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive). 

Pride organizers and California Families in Focus welcome GLBTQ families to a Family Fun Zone at Rainbow Lagoon from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Jumpers, carnival games, karaoke, trackless train ride, face painting, puppet shows, magic shows, clowns, balloon animals, arts & crafts and more activities appropriate for children ages 15 and younger will be on tap.

Adult activities include the festival at Rainbow Lagoon Saturday evening with musical performances on a main stage from the likes of Monica, Abraham McDonald, Sophie Hawkins and Sunny Daye. Several other treats--musical, dance and otherwise--are part of the fun.

Besides the fests, Sunday marks the always entertaining Pride Parade. Arrive at Bixby Park an hour before the 10:30 a.m. start time for great beats from DJ Zenway, prizes like free admission to to day's festival and, of course, a sweet spot from which to scope out the parade.

Yes, of course, that means the return of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Visit LongBeachPride.com for more details on these and several other activities.
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SisterIda Knows
SisterIda Knows

I was very touched and honored to find a photo taken of me to represent the Sisters and Long Beach Pride in this blog. Many thanks for your reporting. @}-- Sister Ida

Si Se Puede Deportar
Si Se Puede Deportar

Oh how empowering!  Here let us give you all the rights and privileges for acting so mature and all.

Matts Steamroom Buddy!
Matts Steamroom Buddy!

What a sight: Conservative blogger and Catholic Priest PEDOPROTECTOR Matt "jubal" Cunningham walking hand in hand with his new boyfriend, fresh from Santa Ana's Artist Village.  Now thats PRIDE! 

mitch young
mitch young

The 'Sistes' of Perpetual Indulgence are not 'nuns in drag', they are drag queens dressed as 'nuns'.

And you know, the more you have to tell someone that you are 'proud' of a particular aspect of your being, the less likely you (and others) really thing it is something to be proud of.

Matthew T. Coker
Matthew T. Coker

If they are in drag, how do you know they are not nuns? And what kind of meat do their parish priests eat on Sundays?

Steve
Steve

Here is what I don't understand, why is it lesbian and gay? Aren't they the same thing?  

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 as I understand Lesbian if female gender no dangly...

Steve
Steve

But doesn't the word gay cover both? Why do the females need a separate word to identify themselves? And why is the word fagot offensive  to some, but the word lesbian seems ok with everyone. I don't get any of this. 

Dweezle.Di
Dweezle.Di

 fagot is the "N" word for gays. It is not flattering at all, Lesbian is a female homosexual. To some people Gay refers to male homosexuals, I believe in some make believe conservative place, such as "Leave it to Beaver Land" or other Nickelodian re-runs there was no such thing as a homosexual woman, so Gay became a masculine term (LOL) but actually I believe gay is a short slang term for Homosexual. I am in no manner an expert, I am just expressing what I have learned over the years.

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