Oakley to be Grand Marshal of Latin American Parade
By Eric Bradley for the Press-Telegram
Long Beach City College President Eloy Oakley will serve as grand marshal of the fourth annual Latin American Parade and Festival next month, organizers announced.
"I am honored to have been selected for this celebration of Hispanic culture," Oakley said in a statement. "I am especially proud to represent Long Beach City College, which has one of the largest Latino student populations in the state."
Luis Lemus was tapped to be community marshal for his work supporting local music talent as owner of Prospector Restaurant and Bar on Seventh Street.
In a statement, Vice Mayor and 1st District Councilman Robert Garcia, who helped start the event in 2009 in partnership with the Downtown Long Beach Associates, thanked Oakley and Lemus for participating.
"This is a perfect day to bring the whole family downtown and enjoy terrific Latin American food, music and culture," Garcia said.
The Long Beach Latin American Parade and Festival is Sept. 8. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., with a parade down Pine Avenue from Sixth Street.
The festival at City Place follows until 9 p.m.
Children's activities include face painting, a bounce house and an interactive arts and crafts area hosted by the Museum of Latin American Art.