The event was held at the Terrace Theater Plaza and featured thousands of twinkling lights, a fireworks display, a visit by Mr. & Mrs. S. Claus, musical performances, and food trucks from 5 to 8 p.m.
The mood was festive and spirited, with some competitors dressed in costumes ranging from Superman to fairies.
The Grand Prix this year in Downtown Long Beach kicks off Friday, when gates open at 7:30 a.m. The IndyCar race—which this year will be decided in Long Beach—is Sunday.
Racers left the Long Beach Harbor between Islands White and Grissom, zoomed to Catalina around the Avalon buoy and then back to the finish line in front of Queen Mary.
Graduates set the tone with speeches with messages of hope for the future and songs sung by the Millikan High School Vocal Ensemble.
Wednesday’s ceremony included nine valedictorians and 30 students who graduated with at least a 4.0 GPA.
Thousands of families waited in long lines Saturday morning near Shoreline Village in Downtown Long Beach were approximately 2,000 meals were distributed to local families.
Roughly 500 volunteers pitched in Monday to clean and landscape parks, paint murals and trash cans and spruce up yards of the elderly and disabled on Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.
Earlier this month, Jerry was surprised with a new cart, clothing, supplies and money directed to accounts at the local restaurants he frequents.