The 36th annual Long Beach Pride Parade began with some light rain, Sunday morning, but that did nothing to dampen the spirits of participants and spectators who were proud to wave the rainbow flag.

Among the many parade entrants were more than 100 volunteers who carried a 112-foot-long quilted rainbow flag—the biggest ever to grace Long Beach Pride—as part of a collaboration between Argentinian textile artists, the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach AIDS Food Store.

Members of the Museum of Latin American Art and the Long Beach AIDS Food Store walk, holding up a pride flag created out of quilted fabric at the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

This year, the parade and festival commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, the event generally credited with creating the modern gay rights movement. The parade wrapped up two days of festivities organized by the Long Beach Lesbian and GayPride nonprofit.

Carol Bryan proudly waves a pride flag. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Couple dances down Ocean Blvd. during the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

A dog in rainbow floatees walking along the sidelines of the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Residents along Ocean Blvd watch as the parade goes by; Jenney McAfee even made cookies to share. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

An attendees asks to get his photo taken with his favorite cheer team pair. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Members of the Badfish Roller Derby skate down Ocean Blvd. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Members of the Badfish Roller Derby spin in their gear and rainbow shorts. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Rochelle Gulley Smith waves and shouts “Happy Pride” at everyone who walks past. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Jullyna Heang, Zulma Ramos and Sasha Rodriguez cheer. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Many dogs in various rainbow attire were in attendance at the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Attendees follow the floats as the Long Beach Pride Parade comes to an end.  Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Truett Butler and Sarah Koep-Blanco embrace wrapped in a pride flag. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

FREE HUGS at Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

U.S. Representative Alan Lowenthal speaking at the Long Beach Pride Parade. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

Long Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, May 19, 2019. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.

 

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