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Do you love handmade crafts, including beauty products and accessories? Do you enjoy supporting local entrepreneurs? Is a part of you pink, punk and pin-up?

If the answer is yes, yes and yes, then the fourth annual Pink Parlour Festival--set for March 25 at the Santa Anita Race Track—is right up your alley.

Dig if u will the picture (Sorry, Prince!): More than 100 vendors will share their wares at a festival celebrating the creativity of women and the handmade movement that’s helping grow the economy from the ground up.

Live music will be provided by No Doubt tribute band No Duh and the Hollywood-based band Pink Nylon, featuring five rockers--all girls, all Asian—that have been described as “Hello Kitty on Acid.”

Other musical acts include Spare Parts for Broken Hearts, La Cholita and the Kreeps, fronted by “the Latina Queen of Burlesque"; and psychobilly sensations Mather Louth And Radio Noir.

Also taking the stage will be a Vintage fashion show sponsored by Steady Clothing and feauturing up-and-coming designers, plus moves by retro dance troupe the Atomic Cherry Bombs.

Other fun includes a Kids Crafty Corner hosted by CReaTe Studio, ongoing horse racing, a car show, raffles and free giveaway bags. There will be food on hand, from concession-style to fine dining, plus bars and lounges.

Along with the vendors, the Pink Parlour will host girl-and-women-centric nonprofits like the Avon-walk and The Girl Scouts.

This event packs a lot of punch for a pretty reasonable price tag. $9.27 gets you in to the Pink Parlour, with a parking voucher included, via the online ticket site BrownPaperTickets. Kids are free.

Want a glimpse of some of the colorful vendors that will be tempting you out of your pocket money? Check out my Pink Parlour SLIDESHOW featuring wares by some of the vendors that will be on-hand. (Of course, it’s up to them which goods they’ll take to the show.)

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