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Susan Morabito Moves to The Bourbon Pub for
  Sunday Night's "Dark Shadows" During Halloween
  Weekend in New Orleans

Posted July 15, 2005

New Orleans' largest gay nightclub, The Bourbon Pub / Parade,
in association with Mike Mazer and PM Parties, will present "Dark Shadows V" on Sunday, October 30th during Halloween Weekend in New Orleans.

After Saturday night's costume fund raiser, this is traditionally the most-anticipated event of Halloween Weekend in New Orleans, and a "must-do" party.

Weekend Passes for The Bourbon Pub include Free Admission with VIP entry to Susan Morabito's event.  Passes are on sale now for only $65, and also include Free Admission to The Bourbon Pub / Parade for Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights' after-hours parties with DJs Joe Gauthreaux, Lydia Prim, Rick Mitchell and Jayskee.  Only a limited number of weekend passes are available, so don't delay. 

Weekend passes and discount hotel rooms may be purchased online at www.gayhalloween.com

GayHalloween.com  



Southern Decadence DJ Lineup

Posted June 18, 2005

With the existing DJ lineup of Warren Gluck, Rick Mitchell and Max Rodriguez already enough to make a seasoned Circuit Boy drool, Lydia Prim has been added to the lineup, bringing her soulful sounds to Sunday night.

Southern Decadence is the largest gay happening in New Orleans, attracting upwards of 100,000 partiers for the annual Labor Day Weekend street and circuit party series of events.  Also scheduled to appear and perform are Chi Chi LaRue, Adam Killian and Shirley Q. Liquor.

Check out the Southern Decadence Official Website for complete event information, including weekend passes, advanced tickets to Shirley Q. Liquor's show (two sold out in matter of minutes in 2004), and discount hotel and travel arrangements.  

 

   
     
 


Winter Party 2006 DJ Schedule Announced

Posted July 20, 2005

The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, producer of Miami's Winter Party, has announced the DJ lineup for 2006.  Phil B. will spin the main event on the beach.  Joe Gauthreaux has been selected for the Pool Party.  Other confirmed DJs include the legendary Robbie Leslie and Warren Gluck, Manny Lehman and Tony Moran.

Press Release  


Pensacola Attendance Worst Ever

Posted May 31, 2005

According to reports from The Pensacola News Journal, the Memorial Day weekend crowd might be the smallest that Pensacola Beach officials have seen in years.

The crowd was next to nothing compared to Memorial Day celebrations in previous years when it was normal for traffic to back up for miles

Pensacola News Journal  


More Canceled Parties

Posted May 30, 2005

Two more bite the dust.  New York City's Gay Pride Freedom Party has been scratched for 2005.  Ditto for Sundance in Guerneville, CA.  Promoters indicate that it is hoped that both will return in 2006.

Reported on Circuit Party News

Meltdown No More
Posted May 15, 2005

The Memorial Weekend bash in Austin, Texas is gone for good.  According to Ben Parsley's website:  We will not be producing the Meltdown Party over Memorial Day weekend any more. Although the parties have been fun for most everyone - the reality is that most of the years it has lost money. Unfortunately, the number of people that attend do not cover the level of production that we are committed to have.

Ben Parsley website  

The Circuit Dog Shuts Down
January 12, 2005

Citing the evolution of The Circuit, Tony Haden chose to bring to an end an era, with the shutting down of the popular CurcuitDog website.  Tony is one of the most knowledgeable and influential members that the scene has known.  The hallmark of his site was the battle cry against greed and the self-destruction of the circuit culture.

From Interview with Tony Haden published on tonyhaden.com

DJ Robbie Leslie Returns to NYC for "Souvenirs"
January 2, 2005

There is no Saint-At-Large White Party this year, but Love Parade Productions will offer up their third event of this season,  "A Paler Shade of White" on Sunday, February 13th. Veteran DJ Robbie Leslie will spin a night of classic "white party-ish" music at Vue, the location of the Love Parade parties. 

Reported on Love Parade Productions' Website


Pensacola Destruction Worse Than Feared

Posted December 13, 2004

Early estimates say it will take a year or even two for Pensacola area beaches to get back to normal.  During that lag time, visits by tourists will be down at the beaches. Tom Carmichael, general manager of Jubilee on Pensacola Beach, does not believe tourism will reach pre-Hurricane Ivan levels this upcoming season. Rick Harper of the University of West Florida expects the local tourism industry won't be completely recovered until 2006. The Hampton Inn, located in the heart of Pensacola Beach, will not reopen until June of 2005, which is after Memorial Day Weekend.

At Perdido Key, it could take two years to get back to looking normal and then another year or so for the economy to catch up, said Bill Stromquist, executive director of the Perdido Key Chamber of Commerce. "We'll be at 50 percent by the start of summer," Stromquist said.

Pensacola News Journal  and  Hampton Inn Website
 

 

Singapore Police Stop Gay Party
December 14, 2004

Authorities in Singapore have denied a request for permission to hold a gay circuit party, stating that it is "against the moral values" of the nation.  The license was denied to organizers of the Snow Ball dance event, notwithstanding the fact that a permit was issued for a similar party in both 2003 and 2002.

Citing complaints about same-sex kissing and touching, the authorities indicated that requests for such permits in the future will be carefully reviewed.  Organizers of the party stated that they had never been made aware of any illegal activities during the four years that they have worked with authorities.  The denial has been appealed to top government officials.

Update:  The appeal was denied.

Reported by PlanetOut
 

 

Boy George Guest DJs in Lake Tahoe
December 19, 2004

Hosted by the Nevada Gay / Lesbian Visitor and Convention Bureau, the Lake Tahoe WinterFest will be held March 6-13 on the scenic south shore.  It is a week-long series of events featuring dance, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling and social activities. 

Boy George makes a rare appearance as a special guest DJ for the "Laser Blue" event on Saturday night at the Horizon Casino.  Other top DJs from London and the United States will also perform.

2005 is the 10th year for this event, and it is consistently ranked as one of the top three gay ski weeks in the country.

Press Release
 

 
New Orleans Gears Up for Gay Mardi Gras
December 11, 2004

Almost everywhere else it's just another weekend. But in New Orleans, it's Mardi Gras ... the party of parties, and a total state of mind. In 2005, the six-day weekend begins on Thursday, February 3rd, and the New Orleans gay and lesbian community is already preparing for the wildest event of the year.

Living up to its reputation as the "Greatest Free Show on Earth," Mardi Gras weekend is the climax to weeks of elaborate masquerade balls and street parades that start in early January. The Gay Mardi Gras traditions began in the 1950's, when secretive "Krewes" formed to satirize the heterosexual, aristocratic rituals. Many of these organizations continue today, with almost a dozen predominantly-gay groups thriving. The exuberance, freedom and joy builds to a climax on Fat Tuesday, as thousands of gay and lesbian revelers pack the world-famous intersection of Bourbon and St. Ann Streets.

This is the epicenter of gay New Orleans, and the very heart of the French Quarter. The street throngs spill into the clubs, where world-class "circuit party" DJs rule the dance floors at night. This year's DJ talent includes Joe Gauthreaux and Max Rodriguez from New York City, Lydia Prim and Rick Mitchell from Atlanta, plus Jayskee and Darren Thomas from New Orleans. And that's just at The Bourbon Pub / Parade, the city's largest gay establishment and the longest continuously-operating gay nightclub in the country.

There is a nightly cover charge, but buy a Weekend Pass and enjoy free admission for the entire weekend. Pass holders bypass general admission lines and also save a few dollars, which you may want to use to tip the two dozen beautiful beefcake boys that will be dancing on the bar tops. Complete Gay Mardi Gras information, advance purchase of Weekend Passes, and discount hotel reservations are all available on the official website at www.gaymardigras.net


Reported by 365gay.com

 

 

DJ Joe Gauthreaux Has New Home in New Orleans
December 10, 2004

Joe Gauthreaux returns to his hometown of New Orleans on New Year's Weekend for his debut performance at The Bourbon Pub.  According to a journal posting at www.djjoeg.com Halloween marked the end of Joe's previous associations in New Orleans, and the beginning of a new relationship with the folks at "The Pub." 

Gauthreaux's DJ-roots go back to The Bourbon Pub, where DJ Chuck Boudreaux help nurture Joe's love of music and spinning records in the early-1990s.  Future appearances at The Bourbon Pub include Gay Mardi Gras weekend and other holidays and special events.

New Years - New Orleans Press Release

 

 

Winter Party Festival - South Beach
December 6, 2004

The Winter Party week for 2005 will feature a 6-day celebration of social and cultural activities to benefit the LGBT community of South Florida.  The lineup offers up many of the party's favorites joined by some new and exciting events which include film, comedy, art and a scenic boat tour.

Official events are held at local nightclubs and some of the hottest venues in South Beach.  DJs include Joe Gauthreaux, Manny Lehman, Tony Moran, Lydia Prim and Peter Rauhofer.  The main event is on Sunday with the incredible backdrop of South Beach.  This year's event is being produced by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force.  Two-thirds of the proceeds will be distributed in South Florida, and the remaining will benefit the national foundation.

Winter Party Press Release
 

 
More White Party Palm Springs DJ Details
December 4, 2004

DJ Jack Jones has been added to play a Sunday pool party.  And Casey Alva joins Tye for Saturday Splash at the water park.  Some of the venues are yet to be announced, including the main event on Saturday night with DJ Manny Lehman.  One thing is certain, Saturday's White Party will NOT be at the Air Museum.

 

   
  Dance CD To Benefit Music Industry AIDS Group
December 3, 2004

LIFEbeat is a non-profit organization working to increase HIV awareness among America's youth by means of AIDS prevention messages.  Sales of a new CD entitled Keep Hope Alive will benefit the group.  The CD includes artists Ultra Nate, Byron Stingley, Joi Cardwell, Blaze and Barbara Tucker.  Five of the tracks are sung by the entire group of singers plus eight backup singers.  The CD consists primarily of newly-written music by Blaze, which is comprised of Kevin Hedge and Josh Milan.  King Street Sounds, a New York City label, is releasing the CD.

Reported by PartyList

   
   
  All-star DJs Unite Against HIV
December 2, 2004

To increase HIV awareness, DJs Junior Vasquez, Danny Tenaglia, Peter Rauhofer and others will join together on 11 December for the Move Against AIDS benefit in New York City. This event will raise funds for the GMHC (Gay Men's Health Crisis), one of the country's leading ASO's.  The event will be held at the Jacob Javits Center.

The Move Against Aids project is a way to foster AIDS awareness and motivate the community.  It is hoped that a new generation will be inspired by the contributions of these all-star DJs.  The crisis is certainly not over.  The event is a vehicle to motivate as well as celebrate incredible strides that have been made in the battle.


Reported by 2004 in Music News

   
   
  Airline Discounts For Being Gay / Lesbian
December 1, 2004

It pays to be gay...if you're on America West Airlines! With just a few points and clicks, gay and lesbian travelers can find perks, including 10% fare discounts on the airline's website. 

The 10% discount applies when flying to gay events.  The airline uses an honor system as there is no procedure in place to confirm a passenger's sexual orientation.  The gay and lesbian community tends to book most of their travel on gay-friendly providers, and America West is hoping to benefit.

It is estimated that the gay and lesbian segment of the population spent over $580 million on travel during 2003.

Reported by WBAL Television

   
   
  White Party Week in Miami
November 30, 2004

The 20th anniversary of White Party Miami just ended, and it united party boys, activists, gawkers and celebrities for a mammoth week-long fund raising effort for HIV awareness and services.

Overcoming complacency, organizers were delighted that this anniversary event was bigger and better than ever. It is hoped that when all the counting is done, the events will have raised over $1.1 million for Care Resources, the organizing group that provides AIDS-related services to the region.

The climax of the weekend takes place at Miami's most prestigious address, Vizcaya Mansion.  For 2004, this party was moved to Saturday from Sunday, all part of a weekend revamp that was intended to breathe some new life into this seasoned event.

Reported by The Miami Herald
 

   
  Forget The Cherry on Top
November 29, 2004

Due to Washington, DC's Cherry 9 having inadequate net receipts to fund donations, four gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender organizations in the area will not receive donations.

A Cherry Fund representative reported that income for the event did exceed costs.  But because some revenues are retained for use in planning the next year's events, no donations could be made.  Traditionally, $10-15,000 is held in reserve each year.

Attendance was down, by from 750 to 1,000 people, resulting in a significant impact on net income.  Also, new corporate sponsors are becoming increasingly more difficult to locate for such events, which is indicative of the troubled times that many fund raisers are experiencing throughout the country.

Cherry Fund is working on ways to ensure the success of 2005's event, including revamping the name of the weekend and locating new venues.


Reported by Metro Weekly, DC

   
   
  The Circuit Goes To Asia
November 29, 2004

It's called CircuitAsia 2005, and in April Manila will host its debut circuit party, featuring mega-DJs from the United States, elaborate sound and lighting, and huge stage productions.  And a few surprises will make this event uniquely Asian.

The Gift Foundation is promoting the event as a celebration of life and as a means to increase HIV/AIDS awareness and education in the region.

The dates of the event are April 28 through May 1, 2005, with each evening having its own theme:  Fiesta, Pearl of the Pacific, Mud and Fire are the main events.  And the DJ list reads like a who's-who of circuit talent: Roland Belmares and Brett Henrichsen, with others to be announced.

Reported by E-media

   
   
  White Party Palm Springs DJ Lineup Announced
November 29, 2004

Here is the DJ lineup for Jeffrey Sanker's White Party in Palm Springs during Easter weekend:

March 25th, 2005

Friday Take-Off Event            DJ Adien

Friday Night Afterhours           DJ De León

March 26th, 2005

Saturday Splash                   DJ Tye

WHITE PARTY                      DJ Manny Lehman

Saturday Afterhours              DJ Junior Vasquez

March 27th, 2005

Sunday T-Dance                   DJ Brett Henrichsen

Sunday Encore                     DJ Tony Moran

Sunday Afterhours                 DJ Josh Peace


Reported by JeffreySanker.com

   
   
  Homophobe Preacher Banned From Southern Decadence
September, 2004

A radical pastor of a small congregation,  who led a protest through last year's Southern Decadence festival,  has been legally banned from going near this year's event.  Southern Decadence is the South's largest gay event and is held annually during Labor Day Weekend in the New Orleans French Quarter.

New Orleans Civil District Judge Michael Bagneris signed a restraining order against the Revered Grant Storms, preventing him from attempting to interfere with the annual party.  Storms and his disciples will be permitted to hold signs in opposition to the gay lifestyle, but may not use megaphones, noisemakers, bullhorns or other devices that would disrupt the festivities. 

In excess of 100,000 participants attend Southern Decadence, which includes circuit party style events, leather shows, drag queens, heavy public drinking, parties and parades.

Reported by 365gay.com
 

   
 

 

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