The 12th Annual Tecate Thunder Thursday Roars Into Downtown - April 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

Daredevil Motorcycle Stunts, a Professional Pit Stop Competition, Driver Interviews and Celebrity Autographs Kicks-Off Grand Prix Weekend

[Long Beach, CALIF. (April 3, 2012) – On Thursday, April 12, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Downtown Long Beach will hear the roar of race engines and feel the excitement of motorcycle stunts as the much-anticipated 12th Annual Tecate Thunder Thursday kicks-off the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

"Over the last 12 years this free, family-friendly event has become a staple of Grand Prix weekend, offering race fans, visitors and residents the opportunity to preview some of the exciting activities that will be featured as part of the weekend's line-up," said Downtown Long Beach Associates President and CEO Kraig Kojian. "Tecate Thunder Thursday and the Grand Prix is an economic driver for Downtown and the City and these events are a great way to attract visitors to Long Beach and bring residents and businesses together as a community."

Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Tecate Thunder Thursday's will be fueled with gravity-defying motorcycle jumps, back flips and stunts, motocross performances, race and celebrity car displays, autograph opportunities, and DJ Abel spinning throughout the evening. The event will also feature a professional pit stop competition that will get the crowd going as two IZOD IndyCars go head-to-head, and the Tecate Miss Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach Pageant where one lucky lady will ultimately be crowned winner.

The DLBA has once again partnered with the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach to sponsor and produce the 12th Annual Tecate Thunder Thursday.

In response to the growth, popularity and increased attendance at Tecate Thunder Thursday over the years, this year the DLBA has worked with the Long Beach Fire Department, Long Beach Police Department and the Grand Prix Association to design a new layout that will allow for additional space and optimal viewing opportunities for attendees.

Tecate Thunder Thursday will take place on Thursday, April 12, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Pine Avenue between 1st and 3rd streets, and on Broadway between Pacific and Pine avenues.

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About DLBA: The Downtown Long Beach Associates is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the property owners and tenants of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. For additional information, please see