Tickets on Sale Now for Long Beach Pride Kick Off, the Pink Party • Long Beach Post

The return of the Pink Party on Friday, May 18 will kick off Long Beach Pride weekend at Hamburger Mary’s, with ticket and drink sales to benefit The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach and AIDS Food Store.

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Guests can expect world-renowned drag performances, signature cocktails, dancing, prizes and special guests. Legendary drag queen Jewels will be host for the evening alongside an all-star lineup of RuPaul’s Drag Race celebrities and performances by DREAMGIRLS Revue, followed by music provided by DJ Smuckers, according to the announcement.

“We are thrilled to partner with the AIDS Food Store for the return of the Pink Party,” Porter Gilberg, executive director for The Center, said in a statement. “Hamburger Mary’s is the place to be Pride weekend and we can’t wait to welcome hundreds of locals and visitors alike for this incredibly special event.”

For nearly a decade, the Pink Party has served as the kick off to Pride Weekend, and with two empowering organizations presenting this year’s event it’s sure to exceed expectations. The Center serves 25,000 clients annually through a range of health, wellness and cultural programming, while AIDS Food Store is the longest serving provider of food to HIV-affected communities in Southern California.

“The AIDS Food Store could not be more excited to support this year’s Pink Party,” AIDS Food Store board president John Newell said in a statement. “The community can feel good knowing they are celebrating while supporting two incredible causes.”

Doors open at 6:00PM, with all ticket sales directly benefiting The Center and the AIDS Food Store. Pre-sale tickets are available online for $15 and are $20 at the door. Limited VIP tables ,including premiere seating for the drag show, gourmet appetizers and hosted cocktails, are available for $1,000.

For tickets or more information visit The Center’s website here.

Hamburger Mary’s is located at 330 Pine Avenue.

Asia Morris is a Long Beach native covering arts and culture for the Long Beach Post. You can reach her @hugelandmass on Twitter and Instagram and at [email protected].

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