Long Beach Pride Festival Weekend 2012
Long Beach Pride Festival Weekend 2012
As I’m sure many of you are aware, this weekend Long Beach is hosting the 29th Annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival. Downtown Long Beach will be as vibrant as ever with parties, costumes, music, and parades. This event is “one of the premier Pride events in the nation, drawing over 80,000 visitors over 2 days.”
For those of you who want to avoid the crowds, or not get stuck in traffic, I found this list of road closures at www.DowntownLongBeach.org:
- 10 am, Thursday, May 17
All westbound lanes of Shoreline Drive, south of Ocean Boulevard and east of Shoreline Village Drive will be closed.
- 7:00 pm, Thursday May 17, 2012
All east bound lanes of Shoreline Drive, between Shoreline Village Drive and the entrance to the Alamitos Beach parking lot will be closed.
- 10 am, Monday, May 21, 2012
All westbound lanes of Shoreline Drive, south of Ocean Boulevard and east of Shoreline Village Drive will be reopened.
All east bound lanes of Shoreline Drive between Shoreline Village Drive and the entrance to the Alamitos Beach parking lot will be opened.
This closure may create inconveniences to you, your employees and patron. Any questions or concerns you may have should be directed to the agency listed above.
2012 Pride Parade Street Closures
Sunday, May 20th, 2012
Ocean Blvd. – Redondo Ave to Lindero Ave. (full closure 5 am – 12:30 pm)
Ocean Blvd. – Lindero Ave. to Atlantic Ave. (full closure 9:40 am – 3 pm)
Temple Ave. – Ocean Blvd. to 1st St. (full closure 5 am – 12:30 pm)
Molino Ave. – Ocean Blvd. to 1st St. (full closure 5 am – 12:30 pm)
Alamitos Ave. – Ocean Blvd. to 1st St. (full closure 9:40 am – 3 pm)
Lime Ave. – Ocean Blvd. to 1st St. (full closure 9:40 am – 3 pm)
Medio St. – Alamitos Ave. to Lime Ave. (full closure 9:40 am – 3 pm)
All side streets between Molino Ave. to Alamitos Ave., from Ocean Blvd. to the alley north of Ocean Blvd., traffic in the alley north of Ocean Blvd. shall be open flowing through side streets between barricades at the intersections north and south of the alley (9:40 am – 3 pm)
Parking lot on the corner of Alamitos Ave. and E. Ocean Blvd. from (5:00 am – 3 pm)
For those that would like to participate in the festivities this weekend:
The festivities kick off Friday night with the 5th Annual Pink Party on the corner of 1st Street and Linden Ave.
From the Limelight Long Beach website:
“The 5th Annual Pink Party will once again help kick-off Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride weekend with an incredible outdoor party to be hosted at a new location in the East Village (intersection of 1st Street and Linden Avenue).
Produced and sponsored by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), the Pink Party has quickly become a Pride weekend tradition. A portion of the proceeds from Pink Party benefit The Center Long Beach’s Mentoring Youth Through Empowerment (MYTE) program, which provides cost-free services to gay, lesbian, transgender and questioning youth.”
Tickets are $10 at the door.
The Pride Festival is on May 19th and 20th from 11 am to 11 pm along Shoreline Drive. Tickets are $20 at the gate, no pre-sale tickets are available.
There are many performers scheduled for the weekend, for the complete list, see here. The headline performer for Saturday, May 19th is Queen Latifah. This will be her first performance at any pride festival.
On Sunday morning, the annual Pride Parade steps off at 10:30 am. The parade is along Ocean Blvd between Alamitos and Redondo. Admission is free, but parking is notoriously difficult. If you’d like to watch, arrive early to save a spot on the parade route, or ditch your car and make use of the Passport bus service. (route and schedule here)
“Early arrivers who show their pride could receive FREE ADMISSION to the 2012 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.”
On Tuesday, May 22nd at 10:00am, will be the groundbreaking for the new Harvey Milk Promenade Park.
From the Long Beach Post:
“The historic park will include areas to sit, a memorial to Milk, including a replica of his famous soapbox, and dedicated space to learn about Harvey and his legacy to civil rights. The groundbreaking date coincides with what would have been Milk’s 82nd birthday and, in honor of that occasion, birthday cake will also be served.”
However you choose to enjoy your weekend, whether it is on the parade route, or avoiding the crowds altogether, have a great one!
Keller Williams Pacific Estates