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Council to be asked permission to fly Gay Pride Flag

By BARBARA DIAMOND

The City Council will be asked tonight to approve a request to fly the Rainbow Flag on the pole in front of City Hall to commentate the impact the gay community has had on Laguna Beach and on the county.

Laguna Beach Pride 365, a year-round organization that promotes cultural diversity in Laguna Beach, has requested that the flag be flown from May 22 to June 30. The group has also requested that flags be placed on the parking meters in front of City Hall from May 23 to June 2.

June has been celebrated by the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community since 1968 in honor of the uprising in Greenwich Village in New York City, a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement, and to commemorate the impact that the gay community has had in the United States.

Laguna Beach Pride will kick off its festival with a party from 6 to 10 p.m., May 31, on the Club Nirvana Rooftop. There is no cover charge.

Main Street Bar & Cabaret, 1401 South Coast Hwy, will be the site of the official Pride Weekend Kick-Off Dance Party. Wear a Rainbow and join in the Best Rainbow Contest to win prizes and surprises. 

Council to flags

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Rainbow flags flying

JUNE 1

--Nature Hike

8 to 10 a.m.   

Enjoy an early morning hike to get the juices flowing for a full day of pride. Your tour director will meet you with bottled water and maps for the outing as you discover a portion of the 22,000 acres of preserved outdoor spaces that surround Laguna Beach. More details will be provided as they become available. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The event is free. Location in the Canyon to be determined.

--OC Craft Gastro Pub Drag Bingo Brunch, 237 Ocean Ave 

11 a. m. to 2 p.m.

Endora can call the number as no one else can, including her own raucous commentary, all in good taste, as always. With some great prizes to be awarded to the winners, the competition will be fierce. Enjoy some personable hosts and bingo card distributors that will certainly add to the entertainment value. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

--Laguna Beach Pride Festival, Seven7Seven, 777 Laguna Canyon Rd

Join host Wilhelmina Caviar, Jennifer Corday and Joey Suarez for entertainment from 3 to 8 p.m., and dancing from 8 p.m. till midnight. 

Enjoy a day of entertainment with specialty vendors, GoGos, Queens, Guest DJs, and Special Guest Performances. General Admission is $15. Early Bird pre-purchase is $12. VIP Admission is $55. Early Bird pre-purchase is $45. The VIP Package Includes a private lounge with a no host premium bar, complimentary light bites and free valet parking. More details to come. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

JUNE 2

--West Street Beach Pride Celebration

All ages are welcome for an afternoon of fun at the iconic West Street Beach, with a featured guest DJ, entertainment and dancing. All ages and all families welcome. There is no charge.

--Pride Closing Party T-Dance, Mozambique, 1740 South Coast Hwy

5 p.m. to midnight

Featured guest DJs, GoGos, and Queens galore. All ages are welcome, 17 and under must be accompanied by an adult. $10 admission.

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