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Long Beach Pride excursion

Long Beach, CA, United States
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We had been planning to go to hang out with our friends in Long Beach for awhile, and Long Beach Pride was the exact reason we needed. However when we got there it was late and parking was HORRENDOUS! And come to find out the 2 bedroom house was housing three couples! So after about 30 minutes of driving around to try and find parking we decided to go to the local Westin because for some reason it was the only hotel that had a vacancy. Turns out to be the BEST idea we the whole trip, and in the end our miles were redeemed to pay for it :-)
We met some amazing new friends, that we plan on visiting when we move to the east coast. Got some fun trinkets, I only had to hug one guy to get the "Get Naked" shirt that is obviously advertising salsa lol. Watched the parade and ran amock through the fairgrounds, where they had a "Leather Expo" and having to sign a waiver made me think twice about going in. The MOST GENERIC waiver EVER, and the attendants couldn't answer "So what exactly am I waiving? This basically covers anything that happens." That probably is my most memorable moment I had the entire trip!
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Hotels

The Westin Long Beach
Hotel was clean, and most importantly the bed was TO DIE FOR! It may be the 4 hour drive but I crawled in and fell asleep in like a minute and it was the best sleep I had had in weeks!

Restaurants

Yard House
The appetizers here were pretty good. Nachos and mac&cheese and the variety of beer is definitely is worth a stop
Panama Joe's
Panama Joe's
This was the best place that we ate this entire trip! And there was bottomless mimosas, well actually endless-for-an-hour mimosas is more appropriate, regardless totally worth it!
Hamburger Mary's
It's been awhile since I have seen a good drag show.
BO-beau kitchen + roof tap
Our friends RAVED about this place. The concept of the bar upstairs was fun, it's a seat yourself kind of thing with games on the tables. However the food was not that good, and the appetizer we got was over cooked so it didn't really end up being a very good dinner.

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