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Honorary marshals named for Long Beach’s Pride festival in June

The LGBT Network has named three grand marshals

The LGBT Network has named three grand marshals of the Pride Parade as part of Long Beach's three-day PrideFest next month. New York City Councilman Daniel Dromm, left, WNBA Hall of Famer Sue Wicks and the late Gilbert Baker, creator of the iconic rainbow flag, will be bestowed the honor. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy; AP; AP

The Long Island Pride festival in Long Beach has named a New York City councilman, a WNBA Hall of Famer and the late creator of the rainbow flag as the honorary grand marshals for the Pride Parade next month.

Councilman Daniel Dromm and former New York Liberty player Sue Wicks will lead the parade June 11 down Broadway from Laurelton to Long Beach boulevards.

Organizers will also honor rainbow flag designer Gilbert Baker, who died in March.

Dromm is a Long Island native and Queens councilman who serves as a member of the City Council’s LGBT Caucus.

Wicks grew up in Center Moriches and was an inaugural member of the New York Liberty from 1997 to 2002.

“We anticipate that this year’s Pride Parade will be the best-attended event in the history of our organization,” LGBT Network President David Kilmnick said in a statement.

This is the first year that the Long Island PrideFest will be held in Long Beach, after it was previously held in Huntington for more than 20 years.

Organizers canceled the parade in 2016 due to declining interest and to allocate resources to a pride festival at Heckscher Park.

The LGBT Network and Long Beach officials are expanding this year’s festival to three days, with a carnival, beach party, boat parade, market fair on the boardwalk and a concert on the beach headlined by “Fight Song” performer Rachel Platten.

The parade route was redirected down Broadway after it was originally planned to shut down traffic on Park Avenue.

The parade will run from noon to 2 p.m. and only close traffic on Broadway, north of the boardwalk.

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