||THE SAINT-AT-LARGE BLACK PARTY
IN NEW YORK CITY
The Darkest Of All Circuit Parties!
of 1980 was a very special time in New York City. On the site of the
legendary Fillmore East in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, a dance
club opened that over night revolutionized gay nightlife. Three
distinct floors comprised the interior; however the heart was on the
second floor ... a mega-dance floor constructed under a planetarium
dome, where the stars and the moon and occasional bolts of lightning
moved across the domed roof. A space where over 2000 lighting
fixtures mesmerized the throngs of men below. It was The Saint.
There was never anything like it, and there will never again be anything
Until its closing in 1988 The Saint was ground-zero for some of the most
decadent events in New York City. Typically, nights that started
as innocent dance parties would morph into full-blown orgies under the
spell of the celestial beings. DJ legends such as Robbie Leslie
and Warren Gluck honed their skills under the dome, where it was the
norm for a single DJ to spin 18-hour sets, controlling the mood of the
entire night and subsequent morning. The most spectacular of the
annual events was The Black Party, celebrated in March to coincide with
the vernal equinox.
Since the closing of The Saint, the tradition has been carried on by The
Saint At Large organization, a collaboration of four of the original
organizers. The annual Black Party is a heavy event, with a
deliberately dark and ominous ambiance, characterized by sexual abandon.
For the thousands that are brave enough to venture inside of The Black
Party, the reward is a long night of fantasy, void of reality and
sunlight. Once you walk into this event, you are no longer in