Mass LGBT Wedding Ceremony to Kick Off Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade

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Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride is proud to announce that a Mass LGBT Wedding Ceremony, LOVE WINS, will kick off this years Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade. It will be held at 9:30 am, May 22nd, at parade central located on Ocean Blvd, between Cherry and Junipero.

To celebrate the Supreme Court ruling in favor of gay marriage, this year’s Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade will host a mass gay wedding ceremony before the 33rd Annual Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade at 9:30 am. “We are truly excited about the ruling and we wanted to share this excitement with our community by offering this free service,” said Frank Rubio, Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride President. “This is a great way to celebrate our solidarity in pride.”

The ceremony is cosponsored by the City of Long Beach City Clerk’s office, who will assist in the ceremonial process. “I am thrilled to participate in this momentous event that celebrates union and equality for all of Long Beach, as well as, our county,” said Maria de la Luz Garcia, Long Beach City Clerk. “Marriage is a sacred union that makes our community strong and I am delighted to give my service to this spectacular event.”

Couples interested in participating in the mass ceremony at Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Parade must first have their wedding ceremony officiated by the Long Beach City Clerk in advance of the Long Beach Pride Parade Mass Ceremony. To participate in the free mass marriage ceremony, follow the steps below.

STEP 1: OBTAIN A MARRIAGE LICENSE
Couples must obtain a valid marriage license from the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk 12400 Imperial Hwy, Norwalk, CA 90650. (800) 815-2666 or (562)462-2137 – lavote.net. The fee is $91.

STEP 2: SCHEDULE YOUR PRE-PRIDE MARRIAGE WITH THE CITY CLERK
All couples will first participate in a pre-pride ceremony wherein the City Clerk will perform a private wedding ceremony and sign the marriage license. The fee of $25 will be waived to all participates. Pre-Pride wedding ceremonies can be scheduled up to and including, Friday, May 20, 2016. To schedule a ceremony, call (562) 570-6101 or email CityClerk@longbeach.gov.

STEP 3: DAY OF MASS CEREMONY, LOVE WINS, SUNDAY MAY 22, 2016
All couples will check in on Ocean Blvd at Junipero Avenue at 9:30 am. The ceremony will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m. After the mass ceremony, the wedding couples are invited to lead the 33rd Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade. Parade kick off is at 10:30 am.

The annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade will be held on Sunday, May 22nd, with step off at 10:30 am on the scenic Ocean Blvd at Lindero Avenue.

For more information log onto www.longbeachpride.com or call us at (562) 987-9191.

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