Postponed for the past two years during the pandemic, the Belmont Shore Christmas Parade returns this Saturday, Dec. 3.
One of the largest annual events in Long Beach, the parade typically draws around 50,000 spectators to the route and is regarded as the second-largest holiday parade in the region after the Hollywood Christmas Parade.
Presented by the Belmont Shore Business Association and the Port of Long Beach, the theme of the 2022 parade is “Christmas at the Movies.”
Planning to attend in person? Here’s everything you need to know:
- Second Street will close to vehicles at 4 p.m.
- Livingston, eastbound from Ocean Boulevard to Second Street, will close to vehicles at 3 p.m.
- Chairs and blankets and claiming a spot starts at 5 p.m. (enforced).
- You can sit on curbs and the medians. Security will let you know if you are in a spot you are not allowed.
- The parade steps off at promptly at 6 p.m.
- The parade begins at Second and Quincy, heads east to Bay Shore and turns around heading west bound ending where it started.
- The parade features over 90 floats, bands and entries, including Santa. The full lineup can be found here, but since we’re sure you’re wondering, the Long Beach Post will be entry #6, right between Mayor Robert Garcia and the Aquarium of the Pacific.
- Parking is free starting at 3 p.m. at the beach lots off of Ocean Boulevard.
- Marine Stadium parking will also be open.
Can’t attend in person? For the first time, the Belmont Shore Business Association will be live streaming the parade on their home page and on YouTube.
Finally, a free micro-shuttle designed to reduce car trips is available in Belmont Shore.
The shuttles operate from 4 to 10 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The shuttles, which are electrically powered, will carry five passengers. There will be four to five shuttles available for use during its time of operation, one of which will be ADA-accessible, according to city officials.