Miami Winter Party Week 2004
Party in March, White
Party in November and New Year are the 3 busiest times on the Miami gay calendar. If
you’re a circuit/party boy, or like it busy on the beach, these are the
most popular times to visit Miami’s famous
South Beach (Sobe).
Thousands of sexy boys travelled into Sobe for this
year’s annual Winter Party. Click Here for pdf Map of Miami’s gay scene.
You can buy the official Winter
Party CD featuring songs like “You are so Beautiful” &
“Let the Sun Shine In” at CentaurMusic.com
It’s amazing to think the annual Winter Party has been
going for 11 years now. In that time it’s raised almost $1 million for
the Gay & Lesbian Foundation of South Florida (GLFSF). The Winter Party has
become one of the largest and most successful dance party fundraisers in the
Unfortunately the foundation had
been in a state of controversy over the past few years, which along with a down
economy, and less people travelling since Sept 11th has meant
falling attendances. That is until this year when turnout increase
dramatically. This time last year David Phelps was made the new executive
director of GLFSF. He’s done a grand job of reshaping the organisation
back to its original gay charity fundraising, not-for-profit cause. People who
know him will tell you he’s a very likable and easy to get on with
character. This is echoed through his previous jobs doing political campaigns
and technology PR in Washington and LA.
The main event of Winter Party week is the
Winter Party itself. A beach party where 5,000 scantily clad buff bodies dance
to the beat of the music on Miami’s Sex-tac-u-lar South Beach.
DJ Tony Moran did a great job; you can buy his special Winter Party CD via CentaurMusic.com
. The other big outside party was the day before, throughout the Saturday
afternoon - the Pool Party. Outside parties are always special and these two
were just that.
At night Space, Crowbar and Maze where the three
venues to host spectacular large parties as well as after-hours/morning
parties. Maze (formally known at Salvation) was the location for the Winter
Party Weeks closing party and also the venue itself as its being turned into an
Office Depot. It’ll be missed a lot as it’s been Sobe’s main
large gay club for many years. Warsaw,
another previous gay club, has also been bought out and is now a Deli.
It’s a shame that times have changed, many of the locals say that Miami’s
gay scene has finished, all dried up.
(a city an hours drive up the coast from Miami)
is the new place to party. Apparently it’s only the Winter and White
party events that are keeping the scene going in Miami. Whether this is true or not; or just a
short term spate of venue closures, to make room for the new generation; only
time will tell. One thing is for sure, the spectacular art décor
splendor that is Miami and the hot Florida weather
isn’t going anywhere!
Useful Miami web links:
Don’t forget you can buy the official Winter Party CD at CentaurMusic.com