CHRISTMAS / HOLIDAY PARADES & FESTIVITIES IN Belmont Shore, Naples Island & Wrigley in LONG BEACH
Get ready to start off this holiday with parties and parades! This year is full of so many cheery opportunities to share with friends and families of Long Beach. Lifestyles of Long Beach gathered around the yule log and compiled a list of local Long Beach “have to do’s” for this holiday season! Top on our list is the Belmont Shore 31st Annual Christmas Parade. This is a great year to live in Long Beach!
30TH ANNUAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE
Saturday, December 7, 2013 6:00pm – 9:00pm
GENERAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE INFO: This year’s parade is Presented by “Chill” at The Queen Mary” and Sponsored by the Port of Long Beach. The theme is “Christmas by the Sea”. This year’s parade is on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, so the theme will support our troops, honor our veterans and remember Pearl Harbor (Dec. 7, 1942). The Grand Marshal is Long Beach 3rd District Councilmember Gary DeLong.
The Belmont Shore Christmas Parade will march down East Second Street to the beat of over a dozen local marching bands. Featuring over 100 entries, including floats designed by Long Beach businesses and associations, marching bands, and local personalities and dignitaries. And of course, no Christmas Parade would be complete without an appearance by good ole’ St. Nick!
The parade route is along East Second Street and begins heading east from Livingston Avenue to Bayshore Avenue. The route is 1.2 miles long. Entries return to Livingston Avenue heading west along the north side of East Second Street. Start time will be at 6:00pm. East 2nd St. will close to traffic at 5:00pm, at which time spectators may set up chairs and blankets for a front row seat to the parade.
RULES TO REMEMBER DURING ANNUAL BELMONT SHORE CHRISTMAS PARADE
The Annual Belmont Shore Christmas Parade is scheduled to begin at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 7, 2013, and the Long Beach Police Department is encouraging all attendees to comply with all laws for the safety of everyone:
- Allow yourself plenty of time to find LEGAL parking, and consider using public transportation, which is affordable and allows you to avoid traffic congestion. All parking laws will be strictly enforced and illegally parked vehicles will be subject to tow.
- Sidewalk areas and center medians CANNOT be reserved with personal property until 5:00 p.m. During previous parades, the placement of personal items along the parade route has created pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic issues, in addition to causing problems for businesses. In an effort to prevent any accidents or injuries, and in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, personal property found along the parade route prior to street closures may be confiscated at the direction of the L.B.P.D., and taken to the Bayshore Library for pick-up after the event.
- The public is also reminded that the law strictly prohibits the consumption of alcoholic beverages on public property (sidewalks, medians, roads, etc.), and anyone found in violation will be subject to citation or arrest
- Municipal and Penal Code sections in regards to under-age drinking and/or possession of alcohol will also be enforced
- Street vendors selling items without a business license are also subject to citation or arrest and may have their property confiscated
- NO dispensing of Silly String … violators may be cited for littering
- Signs notifying the community of potential enforcement action will be posted along the route and inside most businesses
- Parade goers are reminded to report any suspicious activity immediately to the nearest officer or by calling 9-1-1. IF YOU SEE SOMETHING … SAY SOMETHING!
Affected streets closures and times are as follows:
- Livingston Avenue will be closed from Ocean Boulevard to Second Street at 2:00 p.m. for staging parade participants
- At 4:00 p.m., all north/south streets from Quincy to Claremont Avenues will be closed up to the immediate alleyways that run parallel to 2nd Street on both the south and north sides
- Second Street will be closed from Livingston Drive to Bayshore Avenue at 5:00 p.m.
- We anticipate all roads being reopened to traffic by 11:00 p.m.
The Long Beach Police Department would like to thank the community in advance for their understanding and cooperation, and wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season.
Naples Island 67th Annual Boat Parade
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
The Island of Naples hosts its 67th round of the Naples Island Holiday Boat Parade. This sparkling event is visible from several vantage points around the island. It’s a great for families living in Long Beach. Each year just keeps getting better with the boat owners getting very creative with decorating. Along with the boat parade, there will be three groups of carolers walking around the Island and singing holiday songs by the bridges. Homes in Naples will be festively decorated for the annual home decoration competition. Restaurants and businesses also will be decorated. The Boat Parade will be held on December 21st. Big Boat Parade starts at 6 p.m. Little Boat Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. Note that the streets in Naples close at 5 p.m. on parade night. You can access Naples off 2nd Street via several streets, including Naples Plaza, Revenna, Tivoli and The Toledo. Large Boat Parade Starts at 6:00 PM Lg Boat Parade MAP Small Boat Parade Starts at 6:45 PM Sm Boat Parade MAP
QUEEN MARY’S CHILL
NOW THRU JANUARY 6, 2013
10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
Queen Mary presents CHILL – an enchanting winter event for the whole family! The main attraction takes place in the Queen Mary dome that has been transformed into a giant igloo. This is the location of The Ice Kingdom which showcases an exciting exhibit of larger-than-life ice creations. Walk through the 3,000 square feet of sculptures which range in size from 8 feet to 24 feet tall. The entire exhibit is made up of about 4,500 blocks of ice, weighing 2 million pounds. The tent has to be kept at 9 degrees, so each visitor will be given a special parka to walk around the tent in. In addition CHILL also features outdoor Ice Tubing, an Ice Skating rink, and a Holiday Village, complete with Christmas trees, “Candy Lane,” gingerbread decorating, carolers, and of course, Santa Claus! There is a 6,500-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink and a 100-foot-long elevated slide for tubing. The holiday village will be fitted with themed retail, food and beverages will also be on site. Santa will be in the village to take pictures with children, along with a gingerbread craft area and live entertainment. There is a comprehensive display of lights and holiday decorations, including a special Candy Lane with giant-sized pieces of holiday candy like gum drops, candy canes and ribbon candy. Chill will take place from Nov. 17 to Jan. 6. at the Queen Mary Dome, Village & Market Place & Seawalk in Long Beach. It will be free to enter the holiday village, but there will be individual ticket prices to go into the Ice Kingdom, go ice-skating and go tubing.
Daisy Avenue Christmas Tree Lane Parade
Saturday, December 14, 2013
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
The 60th Annual Daisy Lane Parade is a unique community event sponsored by the City of Long Beach. The event will include holiday displays, entertainment and a parade. Many area residents decorate their homes and their will be a beautiful Christmas Village and nativity scene. Bring your blankets, chairs and don’t forget to bundle up. You won’t want to miss one second of the magic! The fun starts Saturday, December 14th at 5:00pm on Daisy Avenue. The parade runs along Daisy Avenue between Burnett Street and Pacific Coast Highway.
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Long Beach is a Bike/Cyclist Friendly City- Lifestyles of Long Beach
With over 50 miles of #bike path throughout the City of Long Beach we are on our way to be the “Friendliest Bike City in the USA”. Living and visiting Long Beach is just a great Lifestyle!
#Downtown Long Beach Bike Paths: Take a bike ride through downtown Long Beach these days and you will notice a lot of change. Progress is being made toward major bike facility projects that will improve the biking experience for downtown residents (like myself) and visitors …
On December 2, we are going to re-launch Long Beachize. The popular website for news and culture for Long Beach’s bike culture, which last published in March of 2012, will get a new editor, a somewhat new look (we’re not crazy enough to change too much the excellent branding of the website), and a broader range of topics. In addition to cycling, Long Beachize will cover Long Beach Transit, transportation issues around the port, open space, highway expansion and removal, public health, the unique culture of Long Beach communities and more.
“Long Beach is home to one of Southern California’s most vibrant biking and pedestrian-oriented communities. Tack onto this the fact that it harbors one of the nation’s largest ports, an increasingly active urban design culture, and a triad educational structure that is inherently connected to the employment and creative sphere, it becomes clear that the discussion of the implications of these structures in a city as large as #LongBeach becomes essential,” writes Addison, the future editor of Long Beachize.
“I truly believe Long Beach doesn’t just need but deserves a media outlet that is solely dedicated to the subject of its health and well-being.”
In addition to Addison and myself, we’ve recruited a powerful team for our Long Beach Board of Advisors who have helped guide us and will contribute to Long Beachize in a variety of ways. This team includes former professional cyclist and president of Cruz Industries Antonio Cruz, Long Beach travel writer and photographer Kayte Deioma, Peace Builders founder and Millworks managing director Michelle Molina, program and design coordinator for City Fabrick and original co-editor of Long Beachize Baktaash Sorkhabi and executive director of City Fabrick Brian Ulaszewski.
Sorkhabi first pitched the idea of re-launching Long Beachize.
“I started Long Beachize with the goal of recording and sharing the burgeoning #bicycling culture in Long Beach,” he explains. “I feel that Streetsblog will maintain and build upon this mission by providing more in-depth journalism that can engage and capture a larger readership.”
Long Beachize will launch with the support of the Long Beach Community Foundation through their partnership with the Knight Foundation, the Vida Feliz Foundation, and Pocrass and De Los Reyes Personal Injury Attorneys LLC. Between now and December 2, we will continue to publish Addison’s work here atStreetsblog Los Angeles. There’s still some work we need to do to the website to ready it for re-launch, and there’s the matter of combining the social media, but we’re confident we’ll be ready to go right after Thanksgiving break.
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Latin American Festival 2013
Downtown Long Beach
5th Annual Latin American Festival returns to Downtown Long Beach on Saturday, September 7, in a new location. Co-produced by the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) and Vice Mayor Robert Garcia, the event will take place on Historic Old Pine Avenue at 7th Street from 5pm – 10pm.
The evening’s festivities will include live performances from acclaimed bands La Santa Cecilia and Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia. La Santa Cecilia is a Los Angeles based music group that has performed with music legends like Elvis Costello and is known for their modern hybrid of Latin rhythms and rock and roll. Raul Pacheco Y Los Dragones de Cumbia was formed by Ozomatli front man Raul Pacheco and is known for its lively and danceable Cumbia sound.
Numerous vendors selling hand-made clothing and original artwork, a beer and margarita bar provided by Agave’s, interactive opportunities, health & wellness information and authentic Latin Cuisine will also be featured at the event. Live music and dance performances will take place throughout the night on two stages and a children’s activity area will feature a variety of activities geared to younger guests. The Arts Council for Long Beach will provide piñata making and dance classes in the A Lot, located on the west side of Pine Avenue, just south of 7th Street.
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BELMONT SHORE CAR SHOW SUNDAY 24TH ANNUAL
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The fourteen-block stretch of East Second Street will be closed from Bayshore Avenue to Livingston Avenue for the event. Up to 600 classic cars will be on display making it one of the largest car shows of its kind on the West Coast. The side streets that intersect with Second Street will also be closed to the alleys for the purpose of exhibiting cars.
Attendees have the opportunity to intermix shopping and dining with viewing the gorgeous automobiles.
You can expect to find some of the first automobiles ever made as well as classic roadsters, coupes, sedans, convertibles, muscle cars, sports cars, hot rods and low riders from the 1920′s through the mid 1970′s. Many cars are one-of-a-kind, limited editions or customized.
WALKING, BIKING AND TAKING THE BUS IS A GREAT WAY TO AVOID FINDING PARKING
East 2nd St. from Livingstone to Bayshore and intersecting side streets from Quincy Ave. to Claremont Ave. will be closed to traffic from 5:00am to 5:00pm.
We recommend parking in the beach lot off Ocean Blvd.
LONG BEACH TRANSIT DETOUR
Line 131 Southbound
Operate regular route to Redondo and Broadway, turn left on Broadway, right on Bayshore left on 2nd and resume regular route.
Line 131 Northbound
Operate regular route to 2nd St. and Bayshore, turn right at Bayshore, left on Broadway, right on Redondo and resume regular route.
Route 121 Eastbound
Operate regular route to Ocean and Redondo, turn left on Redondo, right on Broadway, right on Bayshore, left on 2nd and resume regular route.
Route 121 Westbound
Operate regular route to 2nd St. and Bayshore, turn right on Bayshore, left on Broadway, left on Redondo, right on Ocean and resume regular route.