San Pedro Pride brings 4th annual festival to downtown – Daily Breeze
Four years after its founding, the San Pedro Pride celebration aimed for more visibility on Saturday, June 18, with supporters gathering outside the Los Angeles Maritime Museum on Harbor Boulevard to raise the rainbow flag.
Flag raisers were Ryan Blaney of Bridge Cities Alliance and Nathan MacAinish, principal of Cabrillo Elementary School in San Pedro.
Participants then marched through downtown San Pedro. There, Mariachi Arcoiris from Los Angeles performed. This group is the first LGBTQ mariachi group, according to the organizers. The group also featured the first transgender woman, Natalia Melendez, in mariachi music history, organizers said.
The festival, in its fourth year, was launched by the nonprofit Bridge Cities Alliance with a waterfront event at the USS Iowa. Some 5,000 people attended, many from Long Beach, a nearby town that has pioneered local Pride events.
And unlike many other LA-area events that have big budgets and Hollywood stars, the San Pedro rally has always been about family and “small town” pride, said David Crowley, professor at San Pedro High School, one of the organizers. Other organizers included Mona Sutton, Leslie Jones, Blaney, MacAinish, Christopher Mitchell, Belyna Bentlage and JJ Turner McMullen.
Speakers on Saturday were expected to include U.S. Representative Nanette Diaz Barragan, Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn, Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino, State Senator Steve Bradford, and Assemblymen Mike Gipson and Al Muratsuchi.
An after-party was held at La Bocca Felice, hosted by the San Pedro High School Pride Club.
Music, food trucks and a craft area for kids were among the other offerings. The Long Beach gems hosted a drag show. DJ Rich Girl and local DJ Dangeruss provided music and dancing.