There was soda instead of beer and wine this year, but the third annual gay pride festival last weekend turned out to be a fun-filled and profitable event, according to Judith Doyle, president of Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Inc., sponsor of the festival.
A Superior Court judge last week ruled that Long Beach could not require the group to buy liability insurance for the parade, but upheld the city's requirement for insurance pertaining to the sale and consumption of alcohol during the festival. Because the group was unable to provide such insurance, refreshments were limited to soft drinks.
"Thank goodness the community was out there for us," Doyle said. "We would have made a lot more money with it (alcohol), but it didn't stop us."
Doyle said she was worried that the festival would lose money without revenue from alcohol sales, but she estimated that about $12,400 was raised during the two-day event.