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Hey there kiddos! The month of May is just bursting at the seams


with thrilling parties and events! Let’s start out with some vital survival tips, to help you through Southern California’s first Pride event of the season onSaturday and Sunday, May 20 and21 in Long Beach. A great plan for successful, Pride fabulosity


should always include the following: Transporta- tion, hydration, sustenance and sunscreen. For those living locally: Buses, trains, Uber, Lyft, taxis or your own two feet may just be the best way to access the festivities. If you’re traveling to Long Beach, there are many parking options and structures to accommodate your vehicles throughout the downtown area. Next, during an all-day celebration like Pride, water is your best friend! Please ensure you drink plenty [water] to prevent dehydration in between those cocktails. Trust me, the next morning your body will thank you. While many festival goers have been starving themselves for weeks to achieve that “perfect Pride body,” a hearty breakfast the morning of the party, will possibly save you from awkward fainting spells and dance floor burn-outs. The most important item of all? Sunscreen! It’s a great way to avoid those awkward tan lines and painful burns after a crazy weekend. The Long Beach Imperial Court is deep into


theMr. Ms. Miss. & Mx. Long Beach Gay Pride Pageantswing of things. Each year, this charity title is awarded to contestants in each category, who raise the most funds. Monies raised benefit the United Waves Scholarship Fund. Winners will be announced onSaturday, May 13at Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach, during a fabulous Beer Bust and benefit party from 3 to 6 p.m. To donate to your favorite contestants, or for more information on this and the many other Court events, go to iiclb.org. If getting wild with an amazing drag show is more


your forte, join me atHamburger Mary’s Long BeachonWednesday, May 17. We will be dancing all night and will welcome visiting guest celebrities fromRuPaul’s Drag Race to the Starlet Revue Drag Show. This is our huge Pride kickoff, with each year proving to be a smashing success! Wild Weds takes place every Wednesday night at Hamburger Mary’s Long Beach and is a 21+ event. For more informa- tion, go tohamburgermaryslb.com. Are you ready for a Pride Rally? I am so honored


to join forces with the awesome Pride Rally team, as we bring you the official kickoff event for


58 RAGE monthly | MAY 2017 Jewels’GORGEOUS GEMS


Long Beach Pride Weekend onFriday, May 19! The massive event will be held in the Promenade parking area in the center of Downtown Long Beach, just steps away from Hamburger Mary’s. It’s an exciting night of music and entertainment, with of course, a star-studdedDrag Show to launch the festivities at 8 p.m. Scott Nevins, from Bravo TV’sThe People’s Couch, will host the event, along with Grammy Award-winningDJs Chris Cox and Lee Dagger spinning. For more information, or to get your advance tickets go to priderally.com/ tc-eents/pride-rally-long-beach. Always a big Pride weekend hit,LGB2Network


brings us their 7th Annual Play@Mayapool party, onSaturday, May 20. The party will feature DJ superstars,Dan De Leon andDominic Pacifico, with sun soaked party gods at every turn. This event runs from 12 to 5 p.m. at Hotel Maya DoubleTree by Hilton’s pool on the waterfront, just across the bay from downtown. Accessed by simply driving across the Rainbow Bay bridge, clearly Dorothy and Toto would be down for a hot pool party, as well. Sunday, May 21brings the Pride Parade to Downtown Long Beach, running along Ocean Boulevard from Temple to Alamitos. It’s always a blast and brings thousands of well-wishers from all over Southern California and this year I will once again be MC and host of the parade telecast at the Main Grandstand area in Bixby Park, on Ocean Boulevard between Junipero and Cherry. The Parade is free, of course and the main Bixby


Park viewing area offers large grassy areas and plenty of shade trees for your parade experience. The Pre-parade show kicks off around 9:30 a.m. and local businesses have donated tons of fabulous giveaways. You’ll even get a chance at winning free tickets to the Pride Festival itself. 2017’s“Viva La Vida: Here’s to Life,” Long


Beach Pride Festival, will be held along Shoreline Drive onSaturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, from the intersection of Ocean and Alamitos, to the intersection of Shoreline Drive and Pine Avenue. The amazing lineup of headliners this year features such legends asChaka Khan andJody Watley, along with my favorite country hunk,Ty Herndon. Latin SensationAmanda Miguel andClub Papi returns with an awesome lineup of insane talents to populate the Fiesta Caliente Stage! I hope to see you all “out and about” during this


festive “Gay” weekend. Look for me if you attend the festival grounds, the multitude of local bars along the Broadway crawl, specifically the World Famous Falcon, currently celebrating their 21st year, or join in on the gigantic party at Hamburger Mary’s on Pine Ave downtown. Here’s wishing you all a very happy Pride Season


and a wonderful summer ofLOVE! XOXO Jewels


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photo by davide laffe


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