By Cheantay Jensen
The sweltering August heat didn’t deter the thousands of jubilant parade-goers that blanketed Ocean Boulevard for the 40th annual Long Beach Pride Parade in Downtown on Sunday.
Clad in rainbows, glitter, and tulle skirts while waving rainbow flags and fans, members of the crowd cheered and waved at the procession of floats, marching bands, color guards, council members and community groups.
Senator Lena Gonzalez waves at parade-goers during the 2023 Long Beach Pride Parade, Sunday, Aug. 6, 2023. Photo by Sarahi Apaez.