The Long Beach community gathered together on Saturday morning to honor the country’s military veterans at the 23rd annual Veterans Day Celebration parade that took place on Atlantic Ave. and Harding St. in North Long Beach.
The crowd sat along the sidewalk as they watched performers make their way down the parade.
More than 50 entries marched in the parade that was organized by, Ninth District Councilman Rex Richardson.
A few weeks ago, Richardson announced the parade’s grand marshals: Brenda Threatt, assistant director of Veterans Services at El Camino College; state Sen. Tom Umberg and his wife, Brig. Gen. Robin Umberg; and the Rev. Leon Wood.
Some of the larger groups that participated in the parade were Lakewood High School Navy JROTC, Paramount High School JROTC, the Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach and Long Beach Transit.
Announcing each float and performer making their way down in the parade, was the city’s pageant contestant winner, Mrs. Long Beach 2019, Tunua Thrash-Ntuk.
The parade concluded with a large red bus with no windows on it, from the Long Beach Transit make its way down the route with passengers riding inside waving out to the crowd.
Along with the parade, Vets Fest happened on Atlantic Avenue between 60th Street and South Street with many vendors participants at the festival.
Some of the organizations were Aquarium of the Pacific’s Aquarium on Wheels, Los Angeles Veterans Center, City departments including Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Communications, Energy Resources, Fire, Health and Human Services, Police, Public Works, and Water.
Entertainment included family-friendly activities and food stands and food trucks that were available for purchase.
By- Geraldine Goicochea