Nominate your top pick for Grand Marshal of Latin American Parade

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latin-american-parade grand marshall nominationsThe 2nd Annual Latin American Parade & Festival will return to Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 25 and is seeking nominations for outstanding members of the community to serve as Grand Marshal and Community Marshals, it was announced today by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA).

The DLBA, which produces and sponsors the event in partnership with the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) and the offices of Council members Robert Garcia (First District) and Suja Lowenthal (Second District), has begun accepting nominations from individuals and organizations that know of hard-working, dedicated citizens who have had a positive impact on the Latin American community.

Selecting Latin American Parade Grand Marshal, Community Marshals

One Grand Marshal and three Community Marshals will be chosen from nominations received by the DLBA on or before August 16.

The Grand Marshal will be a man or woman of Latin American descent who currently serves or has served in the past in a leadership role and who has affected positive change within the community.

Community Marshals will be individuals who serve in supporting roles, whose dedication and hard work have had a significant impact in the Latin American community.

“We’re thrilled to add to the celebration of diversity and Latin American culture by honoring individuals who have truly been influential right here in our own community,” said DLBA Board member and Event Chairperson, Hilda Sanchez.  “There are so many whose passion and commitment go without much-deserved recognition.  It’s wonderful to be able to help share some of their stories and to honor the work that they do.”

In partnership with the Museum of Latin American Art (MoLAA) and the offices off Council members Robert Garcia (First District) and Suja Lowenthal (Second District), the DLBA plans to double the size of this year’s event with more parade participants and a festival area that will cover two city blocks.

Vendors, Entertainers and Performers: Apply for the Parade

The DLBA is also accepting applications for vendors, performers/entertainers, artists and parade participants who are interested in taking part in this second annual event.  The parade, which travels down Pine Avenue from 6th Street to Broadway before heading east on Broadway, will expand this year to include more than 60 marching bands, floats, community organizations and dance performers, while the festival will more than double in size to encompass two city blocks in the East Village Arts District of Downtown Long Beach.

The event will begin at 1PM and will end at 9PM on Saturday, September 25th.  Nomination forms and applications for participants are available online at  All nominations must be received by the DLBA office via fax or delivery on or before 5PM on Monday, August 16th.

Nominee finalists will be invited to attend a reception hosted by the DLBA on Thursday, September 2 at which the Grand Marshal and Community Marshals will be announced.

For more information about the Latin American Parade & Festival, visit or call (562) 436-4259.

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