LA Blade - Since it began in 1984, Long Beach Pride has always been big. It’s an opportunity for LGBTQ folk to converge for a weekend by the sea, to enjoy drinks, food, more drinks, and a diverse variety of fabulous entertainment. Who could resist that?

Held every year during the next to last weekend in May, the Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride Festival and Parade now attracts more than 80,000 participants over the two-day celebration. If you’re planning on being one of them during this year’s event, which takes place May 18-19 at 450 Shoreline Drive, you’ll want to make sure you experience the best the festival – and the city – have to offer. Whether you like to plot out a detailed itinerary or you just want to go with the flow, here’s a list of highlights that might come in handy while charting your course.


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