Long Beach Pride: Do you know the festival’s alcohol policy? Here it is.

Long Beach Pride will be using the same alcohol policy at the festival that it used last year. Do you know the policy? Photo: Pixabay.

LONG BEACH — Long Beach Pride will use the same alcohol policy this weekend that was implemented last year, an official said.

That procedure was enacted after officials said the festival in 2015 was confusing and a fiasco for people who tried to purchase beer. At the time, Pride officials said they had received mixed messages from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control on which IDs were acceptable to purchase alcohol, and festival-goers complained about 60-minute wait times to buy beer.

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The only acceptable IDs will be unexpired ones with a photo and physical description of the person:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • State issued ID cards
  • Passports issued by the United States or a foreign government
  • Military IDs
  • Government issued IDs

These IDs will not be accepted:

  • Temporary driver’s license
  • Matricula consular card
  • Employment authorization cards
  • School or work ID cards

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Festival-goers will be required to show their ID when they receive a wristband and when they buy alcohol, said Denise Newman, president of Long Beach Lesbian and Gay Pride, the nonprofit group that produces the parade and two-day festival.

“This policy was in place this year at the Long Beach Grand Prix,” Newman said. “We went there to see it in practice. It worked great.”

Tickets will not be required to purchase alcoholic beverages. Attendees will have to use cash, credit or debit cards at more than a dozen beverage stations, Newman said.

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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