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Mardi Gras is Here in Long Beach 2017
LONG BEACH MARDI GRAS returns on Saturday February 25, 2017 toShoreline Village and Rainbow Harbor! One of the largest annual free community events in Long Beach, California, #MardiGrasLB invites you to join thousands of cheering revelers as Shoreline Village hosts an afternoon of music, art, festivities, and more, as folks of all ages dress up, dance, and make merry along Long Beach’s beautiful Rainbow Harbor! Activities run from 12pm – 5pm!
Of course, the highlight of our annual family-friendly celebration is our Long Beach Mardi Gras PARADE!! Parade starts at 3pm in front of Long Beach’s legendary Aquarium of the Pacific! Dancers, stilt walkers, mimes, clowns, musicians – all are welcome! Participation is FREE!! Let us know you’re coming by signing up for the Parade at www.longbeachmardigras.com!
Every year we crown a new King and Queen, and this year we’re excited to honor:
King Brian Addison
Winner of the Los Angeles Press Club’s award for Journalist of the Year for his work at the Long Beach Post and Longbeachzine, Brian Addison’s name has become synonymous with impactful journalism in Long Beach. After serving as editor of Long Beach Post from 2011 – 2014, Brian served as Communications Manager for Downtown Long Beach Associates, and ultimately launched his own marketing company, Addison Communications, this past December. A vocal lover of all things Long Beach, and dedicated volunteer with organizations that address issues ranging from human rights, arts and culture, HIV/AIDS services, and economic development, Brian has received Recognition from Mayor Robert Garcia and Senator Ricardo Lara for his many contributions to his beloved community of Long Beach.
Queen Jeannine Pearce
A CSULB alumna, Jeannine Pearce took her passions for civic duty and social activism all the way to her current position as Long Beach City Councilor for the 2nd District. Jeannine has served as Public Policy Director of the Los Angeles for a New Economy (LAANE), where she campaigned in the front line to ensure the rights of hotel workers; Steering Committee Member of both Building Healthy Communities Long Beach and Housing Long Beach; and co-founded the LGBTQ-Labor Alliance, along with Long Beach’s Porter Gilberg and Gerrie Schipski, and famed civil rights activist Cleve Jones. Jeannine has received several Recognitions, including Steward of the Second District (2015), the Go Long Beach Award (2014), the Women’s Democratic Study Club’s Betty Karnette Community Activist Award (2013), and Long Beach Post’s “40 Under 40” (2013). In June of 2016, Jeannine was a candidate in one of Long Beach’s tightest and most fiery City Council races – and emerged victorious, currently serving our community in City Hall.
PLUS, join us at our Grandstand on the grass just north of Yardhouse as this year’s Mistress of Ceremonies Jewels Long Beach announces our Parade participants throughout the parade!
SPONSOR THIS FREE COMMUNITY EVENT!
Want to get your brand or name in front of thousands of Long Beach revelers? Email the Mardi Gras team at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about how your business can participate in this year’s Festival and Parade!
More info to come as we line up new surprises and activities to make this our biggest Mardi Gras celebration yet! Save the date, and don’t forget to sign up for the Parade at www.longbeachmardigras.com
Laissez les bon temps rouler!!
We thank the following sponsors for their support in making this free community event possible!
Port of Long Beach
Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center
Downtown Long Beach Alliance
The Frida Cinema
The Current Living
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The Green Prize Festival – Long Beach
The Green Prize Festival
The Green Prize Festival is a one-day event highlighting urban farmers, green chefs, live entertainment, artists, green technology, environmental organizations as well as education through workshops, demonstrations and guest speakers. The event will also feature a free bike valet, beer garden, green vendors, food trucks and children’s activities.
AWARDS – “The Green Prize”
In an effort to highlight and promote local achievements in sustainability and to create a more environmentally focused city, not only on Earth Day but everyday, we are proud to introduce the “Green Prize” annual award program. This prestigious award will honor those illustrating excellence in sustainability within the city of Long Beach, whether it be an individual, school, neighborhood, restaurant, non-profit, business, or governmental body.
ART – Art is very much a part of the Green Prize Festival!
Squeeze Art Collective is curating the festival this year, the theme is art made from found objects!
ENTERTAINMENT – LIVE MUSIC!
Bands and DJ’s are carefully selected each year to fill the festival with good vibrations and include a wide array of styles and genre’s. More information on this years bands will be in the schedule section.
Tour of Long Beach & Long Beach Bike Fest
2015 Tour of Long Beach
May 9, 2015
You’re invited to one of the premiere bicycle fundraising events on the West Coast as the Tour of Long Beach returns on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Bring the entire family for a day of fun and see for yourself how Long Beach is the most bicycle friendly city in the U.S.!
Join in the fun by participating in the Tour of Long Beach’s 5-mile Free Family Fun Ride, or the picturesque 30-mile course on the bike paths and streets of Long Beach, the 62-mile through Long Beach to Newport Beach or the 100-mile Cruz Gran Fondo which loops through Long Beach then heads south down the Southern California Coast through Sunset Beach, Huntington Beach, Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. All paths lead to a full-day Finish Line Festival with live entertainment, food trucks, beer garden and much more fun. Proceeds will support pediatric cancer research at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach. Make it a family ride day with rides for all levels and meet-up at the Finish Line Festival after the ride of your choice!
Event schedule and times
|Thursday, May 7|
|11:59pm||Online Registration closes|
|Friday, May 8|
|10:00am – 8:00pm||Event Packet Pick-up at the Long Beach Arena|
|Saturday, May 9|
|6:00am||Late Event Packet Pick-up at the Start Line|
|6:30am||Cruz Gran Fondo riders start|
|7:30am||Tour packet pick-up closes|
|7:30am||Metric Century riders start|
|8:00am||First wave of Tour riders start|
|8:05am||Second wave of Tour riders start|
|8:10am||Third wave of Tour riders start|
|8:15am||Fourth wave of Tour riders start|
|8:30am||Family Fun riders start|
|9:30am – 4:00pm||Finish Line Festival|
Bike Fest of Long Beach
Downtown Long Beach Bike Fest
East Village Arts District (1st & Linden)
Saturday, May 30
1pm – 11pm
The Downtown Long Beach Associates present Bike Fest, celebrating bike-friendly Long Beach. This year will once again feature a Criterium in partnership with Wolfpack Hustle, a hot new City Cross obstacle course, and Gold Sprint races from the stage. Bike enthusiasts can enjoy the sport elements then kick-back in the Beachwood & Friends craft beer garden with thousands of fans enjoying live music, vendor booths and more.
Beachwood & Friends Craft Beer Garden
Bike Fest of Long Beach will feature the Beachwood & Friends Craft Beer Garden in its line-up of activities on. Local award-winning Downtown Long Beach Brewery, Beachwood BBQ & Brewing, will be sponsoring the beer garden and has invited local craft breweries to join. Nearly a dozen craft breweries will bring different beer varieties with over 20 to choose from. Guests can purchase a 5oz souvenir tasting glass and 10 tastings for $20. Tickets are sold at the Bike Fest beginning at 2pm. Beer service ends at 10pm.
Lifestyles of Long Beach – CA
Taste of Downtown 2015 – East Village
It’s time for you to get your grub’n’drink on with the return of our Taste of Downtown series. As with tradition, the series begins in the East Village Arts District on 1st Street between Linden & Elm Avenues—and we will have the best of the local culinary scene in one stretch of awesomeness and served up in sample-size portions. To add some hops to your beer, Big Bad Rooster will be providing live tunage so you can get your groove on while getting your grub on.
The following restaurants are participating:
Buono’s Authentic Pizzeria: Traditional & Gourmet Pizzas [2 tickets], Eggplant Parmiggiana [3 tickets], Farfalle Alfredo w/ Chicken & Broccoli [3 tickets]
Beachwood BBQ and Brewing: Pulled Pork Sliders [TBD], Brownies [TBD], Craft Beer [5 tickets]
BO-beau kitchen + roof tap: Salmon Tartare on Crostini [4 tickets], Du Puy Lentils & Mushroom Ragout [4 tickets], Local Fair Trade Chocolate & Butterscotch Pudding [3 tickets]
Utopia good food & fine art: Garbanzo Cucumber Salad [3 tickets], Penne Arabiata [3 tickets], Bombay Curry w/ rice [3 tickets]
Auld Dubliner Long Beach: Bangers & Champ [3 tickets], Spicy Potatos [2 tickets], Bread Pudding [2 tickets]
Gladstone’s Long Beach: Lobster Mac-N-Cheese [4 tickets], Chocolate Martini [1 ticket]
James Republic: Wahoo Poke [2 tickets], Sangria [5 tickets]
Kabob Curry: Chicken Masala + Basmati Rice [3 tickets], Channa Masala + Basmati Rice [3 tickets], Samosas [3 tickets], Mango or Strawberry Lassi [2 tickets], Rose Water Iced Tea [2 tickets]
The Breakfast Bar: Breakfast Dip [3 tickets], Biscuits & Gravy [3 tickets], White Sangria [5 tickets]
The Sky Room: TBD
The Village Grind: TBD
Pussy & Pooch: Dog Treats [2 tickets]
Sweet Dixie Kitchen: Sweet Potato Fritters [3 tickets], Bread Pudding [2 tickets], Biscuits [1 ticket], Lemonade & Jola Soda [2 tickets]
Famous Dave’s BBQ – Long Beach, CA: Smoked Chopped Pork + BBQ chips & Mini Bun [3 tickets]
Thai District: Mini Pastries [TBD], Thai Salad [TBD]
Michael’s Pizzeria: TBD
Taste of Downtown: East Village will take place on March 18 and 19, from 6PM to 10PM.
Ticket Packages (that offer a discounted ticket rate) will be available online beginning March 2 and can be picked up at the Will Call/Ticket Booth at the events. Individual tickets will be sold at the event for $1 each. Unused tasting tickets are valid at future Taste of Downtown events, including our Pine Avenue event (June 3 & 4) and our Waterfront event (August 26 & 27).
Naples Island – Top 10 Reasons to Live Here or Visit – #1 -Summer Outdoor Concerts
Naples Island Summer Concerts
There are many reasons to live on Naples Island in Long Beach. We will be showing you 10 of the top reasons why we believe this is such a great neighborhood to live in and visit. Naples is truly a hidden gem along the Southern California coastline. Naples Island is located at the most South East tip of Long Beach. Summer concerts are a great place to get out for the whole family and enjoy music with neighbors and friends. What a great way to get to know everyone of your neighbors.
There are usually 5 concerts a year on Naples Island. The first summer concert is in May till August on the last Tuesday of the month from 6-8pm. The September concert is themed “Street Dance” and is on a Sunday, 5-7pm.
The community converges onto Colonnade Park with all the picnic necessities. Neighbors invite their friends and gather on this beautiful waterfront park to enjoy the live band. There are some bands that come back every year but there is usually a real nice selection picked out by the Naples Improvement Association.
These concerts are made possible by the Naples Improvement Association by collecting membership donations from the community. There are also some other key sponsors & partnerships. It is so great to see everyone come together and provide Naples Island & visitors with such great entertainment opportunities. Naples Improvement Association.
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