Did you know that Long Beach's gay and lesbian pride parade is one of the largest in the country? Well, now you do. And it's about to get larger, thanks to this year's headlining act: pioneering female hip-hop group Salt-N-Pepa.
L.A. Weekly can exclusively reveal that the trio behind hits such as “Push It,” “Let's Talk About Sex,” “My Mic Sounds Nice” and “Shoop” are confirmed to perform at the 32nd annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Parade & Festival, set to take place May 16 and 17 on the Long Beach waterfront. Rappers Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton will be joined by their longtime DJ, Deidra “Spinderella” Roper (not pictured). Other performers, including a second headliner, will be announced in the coming months.
Salt-N-Pepa have long supported their fans in the LGBTQ community, having previously appeared at pride festivals in San Diego and Milwaukee among others. “We have always been supported by the gay community and from the beginning we have done a lot of parades,” Pepa told the website ChicagoPride.com. “The gay community knows how to have fun and that we support back with our love.”
For more information on this year's festival, visit the Long Beach Pride Facebook page.
And now, we'll leave you with the video for “Shoop.” Because it's awesome.