IN PICTURES: Long Beach’s 4th of July Kids Bike Parade returns

Hundreds of families decorated in red, white and blue traveled on wheels Sunday morning as part of the return of the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore.

More than 500 people were registered for the parade, according to organizer Justin Rudd. The event kicked off with contests for patriotic speeches and costumes followed by the parade. Families cruised from the Granada Launch Ramp to a bike path near the shore, to around Horny Corner up to Second Street and back to the bike path. Participants were then greeted with free ice cream and bike decor awards for winning contestants.

On top of showing patriotism, Rudd said that with the end of heavy COVID-19 restrictions, “people wanna get out and wanna celebrate.”

Long Beach resident Mercedes Perezchica heard about the event in the early morning and brought her 6- and 8-year-olds to the parade on the fly. Her 6-year-old daughter said she enjoyed decorating their little bikes.

“It’s a great opportunity to do something with the kids,” Perezchica said. Especially now that spaces are reopening, she added, saying she’s happy “for them to be around other kids and people.”

Andrea Bolton came to the parade with her two sisters and 10-month-old baby boy. “He loves being outside,” she said.

Annapurna Addepalli, left, and Nikhita Addepalli, pose with their bikes after the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Families pedal onto a bike path during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A boy wears a helmet as he rides on a bike path during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Families ride on the beach path during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A wheel is decorated in American flag colors for the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Two girls laugh and enjoy free ice cream as part of the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Families ride on a bike path during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Bill Aguayo attends the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade with his dogs, Buddy, left, Misty, center, and Mindy, right, in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Two children are rolled in a wagon during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A girl wins $10 as part of a bike decor contest for the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

A boy pops a wheelie on a bike path during the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade in Belmont Shore on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Justin Rudd, the organizer of the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade, takes photos of attendees on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

Annapurna Addepalli pets a dog that’s draped in American flag clothing before the Fourth of July Kids Bike Parade on Sunday, July 4, 2021. Photo by Crystal Niebla.

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Crystal Niebla is the West Long Beach reporter through the Report for America program. Philanthropic organizations pledged to cover the local donor portion of her grant-funded position with the Post. If you want to support Crystal's work, you can donate to her Report For America position at lbpost.com/support.
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