Let The Fun Begin; 5th Annual Pink Party Kicks-Off Long Beach Pride Weekend
2012-05-09 · By Editor
On Friday, May 18, 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 Downtown’s East Village Arts District at the intersection of 1st Street and Linden Avenue from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
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 the 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.
Adopted once again this year by Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. (LBLGP) as an official Pre-Pride Event, attendees will fill the East Village Arts District with varying shades of pink as guests are encouraged to dress the part. Pink lights and festive décor will transform the outdoor venue into a party unlike any other.
Famed drag performer, Jewels Long Beach, returns to host the event as only she can. The Long Beach Drag Diva Show will feature Delta Work and Sonique from RuPaul’s Drag Race among the performers who will be dancing and lip synching. Famed DJ Barry Weaver will be spinning high-energy dance music all night while guests dance the evening away in the streets of the East Village. The night will also feature a few surprises that will keep the crowd on their toes.
Two full outdoor bars are presented by Hamburger Mary’s and Bliss 525 and attendees will have the opportunity to get their hair and nails pink’d at the Big Pink Hair and Nail stations.
“The Pink Party is a festive, fun and unique street party,” said DLBA Board Member and Marketing Chairperson Michelle Manire. “This event has quickly become a tradition leading into Pride weekend and the DLBA is excited to host it in the East Village Arts District, and proud to once again partner with LBLGP to help kick-off an entire weekend that celebrates diversity and acceptance.”
The Pink Party will take place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the intersection of 1st Street and Linden Avenue in the East Village Arts District. Parking is available in surface lot number seven, located at Elm and Broadway. The cost of admission is $10 at the door.
For more information about the DLBA, its events and services, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call (562) 436-4259. For more information about Long Beach Lesbian & Gay Pride, please visit www.longbeachpride.com.