What You Missed: Gay Days Anaheim, Sandcastles, Kite Festival, Blessing of the Animals, Chihuahua Beauty Contest

Mary Bell/OC Weekly

So what'd you miss? This weekend we helped celebrate Gay Days Anaheim, both at their Friday night kick-off “Wonderland” and also at Disneyland Resort. We also checked out the Newport Beach Sandcastle Contest, Seal Beach Japanese Kite Festival… and the cutest of all, the Interfaith Blessing of the Animals and Chihuahua Beauty Contest in Long Beach.

After the jump: More info and more images!

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On Saturday morning, the Interfaith Blessing of the Animals took place at Marine Stadium in Long Beach.

All sorts of animals turned up–dogs, cats, porcupines, horses, pigs, birds of prey, foxes… you know, the usual.

Later, the
Chihuahua Beauty Contest happened, as chihuahuas and their owners strutted their stuff down the catwalk.

See all the images here.

Keith May/OC Weekly

On Sunday, Newport Beach Chamber's 49th Annual Sandcastle Contest took place at the Corona del Mar State Beach. All participants had three and a half hours to carefully construct their sand creations. See the images here.

Keith May/OC Weekly

Also on Sunday: the Japan America Kite Festival
in Seal Beach. Photographer Keith May reports that grey skies and a lack
of wind failed to ground spirits. See the pics here.

Mary Bell/OC Weekly

On Friday night, Day One of Gay Days
Wonderland took place at Ralph Brennan's Jazz Kitchen in
Downtown Disney. The night benefitted the Trevor Project and the lovely
Rose McGowan hosted the VIP Lounge. DJ Ray Rhodes entertained and Momma
hosted. There was a costume contest (winners: Alice and the White
Rabbit!). See all the images here.

Mary Bell/OC Weekly

On Saturday, Gay Days Anaheim then made its way to Disneyland, where participants donned red shirts and enjoyed the day. Click here for the slideshow.

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