Almost everybody loves a parade, but we especially love a parade with such a unique ratio of face paint to bare skin. There might also have been just a touch of sequin presence Sunday at the 28th annual Gay Pride Parade, which drew what was estimated at more than a thousand spectators to Ocean Boulevard. Lined up between Lindero and Alamitos avenues, the fun-loving parade is all sass and spectacle. Entertainer Stephanie Miller, in the sparkly peace sign t-shirt, was the grand marshall. Several city officials including Mayor Bob Foster and his wife, Nancy, walked in the parade, but two of them seemed to mean more this day: Council members Robert Garcia and Gerrie Schipske, openly gay elected officials in a city with a very large gay population. Here are a few sights from Sunday's Gay Pride Day in Long Beach.
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