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LONG BEACH CHRISTMAS – HOLIDAY PARADES & FESTIVITIES: Belmont shore, Naples Island, Downtown Long Beach

CHRISTMAS/HOLIDAY PARADES & FESTIVITIES 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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Christmas trees float in Alamitos Bay and Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach, California.

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The History of Naples Island, Long Beach CA

The History of Naples Island, Long Beach

Naples Island is a neighborhood of Long Beach, California, United States, built on a series of islands located in Alamitos Bay. Naples consists of three separate islands, divided by canals which open into the bay. Most of the streets on the island have Italianate names. The center of Naples features a large fountain which serves as a popular meeting spot.

History

In 1903 Arthur Parson built the islands of Naples in the marshy Bixby Slough of the artificial Alamitos Bay, in the mouth of the San Gabriel River. The design was by the firm Mayberry & Parker. The concept of canals and gondolas was similar to the “Venice of America” developed by Abbot Kinney up the coast. Parson’s Naples Land Company called its plans the “Dreamland of Southern California”, and projected that “through the canals and under the high arching bridges gay gondoliers will propel their crafts like those in the waters of the Adriatic under the blue skies of Italy.”  The project was completed in the 1920s, then rebuilt after the 1933 Long Beach earthquake.

Gondola Tours

Gondola rides in Long Beach through Naples

Long Beach offers gondola trips through the romantic canals of Naples. Gondola Getaway has been offering rides through Naples since 1982. Long Beach is only one of eight places in the Western United States where tourists may ride in a gondola.

Christmas Boat Parade

One very popular Christmas-time event in Naples is the “Naples Island Christmas Boat Parade”, with groups of decorated boats going through the canals of Naples and around Alamitos Bay past Belmont Shore. The parade has been held since 1946.

About the N.I.A.

Founded in 1928, the Naples Improvement Association (N.I.A.)
is a non-profit, volunteer organization dedicated to promote and protect the civic and social interest of the Naples Islands community. You can find more information at the official NIA website.

About the N.I.B.A.

Naples Island Business Association. Day or Night, the businesses of Naples Island are a wonderful place to visit, without the hustle and bustle of crowded shopping malls and imposing business centers. Here is a place where you can actually develop relationships with business owners, practitioners, store keepers, restaurant staff and more…all in the friendly, small-town environment of Naples Island.

Take a moment and you will find a host of diverse stores, beauty and health facilities, restaurants, professional services, and many other “hidden treasures” that are easy to miss if you rush by.

We invite you to take time for yourself and see what we have to offer. Tie in your visit with a quiet stroll around the charming, tranquil canals of Naples Island. Naples is the ideal setting for getting things done…without the stress of crowds, traffic and parking issues. We can do wonders for your quality of life!

 

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