The Long Beach Pride has entertainment and vendors both days May 19th & May 20th at Marina Green Park & Rainbow Lagoon. The free parade of 200 marching groups and floats is Sunday May 20th at 10:30 a.m. on Ocean Boulevard.
Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, Inc. (LBLGP, Inc.) was established in October 1983 and produced the first annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival & Parade in June of 1984. The Board of Directors felt that with such a large gay & lesbian population, there was a need to increase awareness and to promote PRIDE and a greater sense of self-worth within the community. Additionally, the Board felt it important to facilitate greater cooperation, mutual respect, and understanding between the lesbian & gay community and the community of Long Beach.
At first, money to meet the city’s stringent fees was in short supply. Yet, after producing only two parades and festivals, LBLGP, Inc. began making outright grants to other non-profit organizations. Shortly after that, LBLGP, Inc. began donating funds to its volunteers’ favorite charities. The amount of this contribution is based on the number of hours volunteers work at the parade and festival. Today, LBLGP, Inc. continues the tradition of giving back a portion of the proceeds which has become the hallmark of our organization. For more than a decade now, LBLGP, Inc. has grown to become the large philanthropic organization that it is today— having granted over a half million dollars in the past five years and nearly one million since its inception.