Community leaders Blair Cohn and Michelle Steiler (aka “Estro Jen”) will lead the 2011 Long Beach Mardi Gras parade as king and queen and reign over the all-day festivities at Rainbow Harbor on Saturday, March 5.
Cohn is the executive director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association, and Steiler is owner of Moxi Skate Shop on 4th Street Retro Row and cofounder of the Long Beach Roller Derby.
“Blair and Michelle are perfect choices to represent this community festival,” said Festival director Jeff Williams. “The work Blair has done to build up First Fridays and likewise Michelle for the Long Beach Roller Derby are exactly the type of community-building we want to celebrate with our event.”
The centerpiece for the overall event is the theme of “Rollin’ and Strollin’ Around Long Beach,” which will bring entertainment and activities for all ages through locations throughout Rainbow Harbor.
The parade starts at 3pm at the Aquarium of the Pacific and continues along the esplanade around the harbor and ends at Shoreline Village.
Starting at noon, there will be various free entertainments for kids and families around Rainbow Harbor, including mask-making, face-painting and rides.
Most of the activities will take place at the Pike Kids Zone on the lawn along Shoreline Drive. Other pre-parade activities will include dancing, music and a shrimp-eating contest starting at 2pm at Bubba Gump’s.
Immediately following the parade, Shoreline Village will block off part of their parking lot to host the “Party Gras” concert, an event full of dance and music performances headlined by local group Double-O Soul.
Parade applications and festival details can be found at lbmardigras.com.