Choir members from more than 35 churches performed at the outdoor festival in downtown Long Beach. The enthusiastic performances and singing could be heard a quarter-mile away, one pastor said.
Looking out at thousands of people clapping and swaying to gospel music in the middle of a city street, Pastor Wayne Chaney Jr. smiled as he recalled that the Long Beach Gospel Fest and Downtown Worship Experience began a year ago as a modest grassroots show for local congregations.
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