Long Beach Pride announced Saturday, March 14, that the organization has postponed its 2020 Festival and Parade. The decision came after a meeting with city officials last week, according to a media release.
“Our commitment to the city of Long Beach and our entire community includes ensuring the health and well-being of citizens, attendees, artists, volunteers, staff, and vendors,” said Denise Newman, president of Long Beach Pride, in the statement. “We look forward to celebrating with our amazing LGBTQ+ and ally family, neighbors and friends at a later date, and encourage everyone to celebrate their Pride each and every day.”
Parade officials aim to reschedule the May 15-17 event, the organization’s 37th festival, but no new date was announced. Los Angeles had earlier postponed its gay pride parade, scheduled for June.
The organization said ticket refunds will be processed by See Tickets. Residents were encouraged to visit longbeachpride.com and Long Beach Pride on Facebook for information.
The annual three-day event is one of the nation’s largest LGBTQ+ celebrations. Formerly known as Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, the nonprofit debuted a new name, logo, mission statement and website in January.
The organization is now known simply as Long Beach Pride, a change that President Denise Newman said was sparked by the new decade.
“The start of a decade is the perfect time to reflect on Long Beach Pride’s strong history and our commitment to inform and inspire a new generation of active members,” Newman said in a statement. “Our name now reflects our mission of encouraging even more inclusion and embracing the LGBTQ+ community as a whole, and its allies, through the simple yet universal message of having pride in ourselves and each other.”
Long Beach officials say about 70 people in the city are being monitored for the virus. They are reporting four confirmed cases so far, 15 negative results and 11 pending results.
Also, the Long Beach Water Department is joining Southern California Edison in temporarily suspending shutoffs for people who can’t pay their bill.
The city has established a coronavirus-related hotline for businesses, workers and employers at 562-570-4249.
City News Service contributed to this report.