Long Beach Gay Pride – May 20-22, 2011
If you’re going to be in Southern Californian this weekend, get to the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Celebration and kick off the summer Pride season right. This weekend-long, beach side festival attracts about 80,000 of the most wonderful LGBT’s in the country not only to see the famed Sunday parade near Bixby Park, but to enjoy headliners like Monica, Sophie B. Hawkins, Thelma Houston, Taylor Dayne, and Jennifer Holliday on the main stage, plus: mingling, partying and just plain celebrating your PRIDE.
"Pride Around the World" is the theme for the 27th Annual Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride Festival and Parade. Get the need to know events to plan your LB Pride itinerary right here, guys.
Check out some event highlights, photos, and a great video featuring what's going down in the LBC this weekend.
Here's a look at last year's fun, begining with a party flight to Pride:
The Pink Party
The Event Park at The Pike
(Pine Avenue and Shoreline Drive)
Parking is available at The Pike parking structure
or at The Aquarium parking structure.
Tickets: $10 ATD, $7 in advance.
Kicking off Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride weekend, the DLBA will host the 4th Annual Pink Party benefiting the Center Long Beach's Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE) Program. Quickly becoming a tradition, the event, hosted by famed drag performer, Jewels Long Beach, boasts the return of the popular Long Beach Drag Diva contest, a special guest DJ spinning all night, stunning pink decorations, dancing in the streets, outdoor bars presented by Hooters and other special surprises. Guests will have the opportunity to get their hair pink’d as The Den Salon hosts a Big Pink Hair station and a Hookah Lounge will offer guests a chance to take a break from the dance floor. Don't forget to mark your calendars and be sure to wear pink. Call for more information.
Here's a look at last year's amazing Pink Party:
Long Beach Gay Pride Parade & Festival
Along Shoreline Drive
Click here for a map.
Festival: 11 AM – 10 PM
Performances not too be missed beginning at 3:00 PM.
Sophie B. Hawkins is up at 7:10 PM, followed by Abraham McDonald before Monica closes the show at 9:00 PM. Check out the full schedule here.
Kickoff at Parade Central
Early arrivers who show their pride could receive FREE ADMISSION to the 2011 Long Beach Pride Festival, exclusive Long Beach Pride merchandise and more! The parade hot spot kicks off an hour early at 9:30 a.m. located on Cherry Ave. and Ocean Blvd. at Bixby Park, the location provides plenty of shade and a community gathering spot for anyone watching the parade.
DJ Zenway gets your body moving with music and giveaways.
Fun with the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
Join the pep rally with Cheer L.A. in a choreographed high-flying stunt spectacular.
10:15 a.m. until Parade arrival
DJ Zenway celebrates with interactive crowd games and more high-energy music. Meet parade commentator’ actress and comedian Carlease Burks, on street announcer Justin Rudd and community supporter Steve Eng as they guide you through all the entries one by one. Be sure to stay tuned after the parade for more giveaways and fun!
The festival fun continues after the parade. Stick around the main stage for fabulous performances including Thelma Houston and Taylor Dayne. Click here for the complete line up and schedule.