Volume 20/Issue 25/2002
The "Crown Jewel" of Circuit Parties: White Party/Miami Brings in $1 Million for Care Resource
Touted as the "crown jewel" of HIV/AIDS fund-raising events, White Party/Miami proved its worth raising an estimated $1 million [gross]. This 18th annual week of circuit events brought out an estimated 11,000 revelers for "Music, Miami, White Party 2002". The massive fund-raising extravaganza benefits Care Resource, South Florida’s one source for HIV/AIDS services. The non-profit organization’s revenue projections were slightly down this year due to the weak economy. Through prevention, education, care and treatment, research, and support, Care Resource strives to end the HIV pandemic.
Care Resource’s extended 2002 national and international advertising presence not only proved beneficial for this year’s record-breaking numbers, but will certainly carry over to the 2003 week of festivities, currently in its planning stages.
Early estimates on ticket sales reveal that 11,000 guests attended White Party 2002 events, approximately 2,000 revelers attended the 18th Annual White Party at Vizcaya, Muscle Beach drew over 4,000 participants and White Dreams at the Miami Seaquarium attracted more than 3,000 partygoers - who despite the frigid temperature danced under the stars to the sensational sounds of DJ Tracy Young & DJ Brett Henrichsen.
This year’s White Party events included the highest number of parties (28 in all) in its 18-year history. Through the support of the community and volunteers, Care Resource is able to use 86% of each dollar raised for prevention, education, care and treatment programs, research and support for the community affected by HIV/AIDS.
White Party 2002 featured more than a dozen of the world’s A-list of DJ/Producers including Monty Q at the White Party, Victor Calderone, Manny Lehman, David Knapp, Julian Marsh and Tracy Young at some of South Florida’s trendiest clubs including crobar, Level, Maze, Sea Monster and Billboardlive.
White Dreams Explodes over Miami Seaquarium
Legendary party producers Mark Baker, Jeffrey Sanker and Johnny Chisholm, AKA the "Dreamworks Department", teamed up again to bring White Dreams, the mega dance party of White Party week on Fri., Nov. 29. Hosted at the Miami Seaquarium, over 3,000 revelers took in a spectacular dolphin show, world-class sound and light shows, live performances, and a fireworks display rivaling New Orleans on July 4th. The 10,000 square foot dance floor, overlooking Biscayne Bay against a backdrop of the Miami skyline, brought the talents of circuit greats Tracy Young and Brett Henrichsen center stage. This event ran $85 in advance, $95 at the door and $130 VIP.
White Carnaval de Vizcaya Dazzles & Sparkles
What do you get when you throw a Buckingham Palace ball, New Orleans’ Museum of Art Odyssey Ball, a Gay Mardi Gras Ball, Southern Decadence, and Halloween, all rolled into one event? It is The White Party at Vizcaya Museum & Gardens, built in 1914-16 as a winter home for International Harvester Company Vice President, industrialist, James Deering..
The spectacular surroundings of the Italian Renaissance Villa Vizcaya mansion with its incredible view of Biscayne Bay, create a party that is totally unique.
Over 2,000 revelers, all clad in white, stroll the manicured gardens, enjoy delicacies from South Beach and Miami’s hottest restaurants, and dance under the stars on two different dance floors. The costumes ran the gamut from extravagant to pure skimpy. There was an Elton John in full length mink coat with hat and trademark glasses, 18th century period costumes of brocades and silk, a Josephine Baker complete with white jeweled bananas, dazzling stage divas in every getup and rig imaginable, and loads of buffed and sexy circuit boys [and yes, girls] exuding pure sex in their skimpy, yet exotic ensembles, either as couples or group creations. Of course, there were also many revelers in simple white attire, including us. However, after experiencing our first White Party/Miami, we’ll be back next year with ensembles worthy of this spectacular bash.
"White Carnaval de Vizcaya" celebrated Miami’s Latin flavor as the last major blowout of White Party week on Sun., Dec. 2. General admission to this event was $150 or $200 VIP.
Guests arrived at the front gate entering the villa as costumed hunks and divas welcomed all through the vaulted entrance loggia complete with a 17th century statue of Bacchus flanked by sculptured sea monsters spewing water into a marble sarcophagus-shaped basin that dates from the time of the early Roman Empire. Here guests traveled through the south arcade either entering the gardens through the tea room, or the VIP Reception hosted in the courtyard and east loggia.
The enclosed loggia or tea room opens on the terraces and gardens with a wall of stained glass which displays the seahorse and caravel, decorative symbols seen throughout Vizcaya. The richly colored marble floor and the 17th century Nubian marble mantelpiece are highlighted by the Neo-classic themes in the modeled ceiling, cornice and frieze as well as in the horizontal panels painted with Roman-inspired grotesques.
The courtyard features a 17th-century dolphin fountain flanked by antique Roman columns supporting a wrought iron framework featuring the caravel symbol made by Samuel Yellin.
The east loggia overlooks Biscayne Bay. The ceiling decoration features reliefs showing Apollo and the Nine Muses and the floor is dramatically patterned in colored marbles. The late 18th century pine doors, with sculptured bronze decoration and carved marble surround, came from a palazzo of the Torlonia family of Rome. The Torlonia arms appear at the top of the frame and are surmounted by 17th century Italian marble busts. Suspended from the ceiling is an early 20th century scale model of Ponce de Leon’s caravel, San Cristobal, a symbol of Vizcaya.
From the east loggia, VIP revelers were able to view the main dance floor from the villa to the bay through a huge wall of windows. It was as though the VIPs were backstage at the Paris Opera House, viewing the spectacle without themselves being a part of the wild revelry outside. Besides three bars for the VIP crowd, four outstanding restaurants – Blue Door at Delano, China Grill, Dragon Room and Tuscan Steak provided delicacies for the hip crowd. Our only complaint would be on the wine selections. As par for the course, this circuit party, as well as all other circuit parties we attend, did not offer White Zinfandel or blush. It’s only white or red wine. To all circuit parties out there, please consider serving White Zinfandel or blush. For example, in New Orleans several years ago, blush or White Zinfandel was not served in many venues. Now, served in most venues, it outsells white or red wines three to one. There are many of us who only drink White Zin or blush, and nothing else, and we’re paying top dollars to attend your events.
But outside was where we would learn you’d want to be. The festive atmosphere would be comparable to the street scene in the French Quarter for Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence. Everywhere you looked, there was something to see. A bar right outside of the villa, under the direction of Twist, a South Beach club favorite, caught our eyes. All of the other bars including the ones in the VIP areas were serving small cup cocktails. Twist was serving, what we call in New Orleans, big girl cups, so we purchased a couple of books of drink tickets at $10 each and headed to the bar. We thought we’d order white wine with a splash of cranberry, but the bar had no wine. Oh, what the hell, we decided we were on vacation, so we settled for vodka [Christiania vodka from Norway/a White Party sponsor] and cranberry. After several more ticket book purchases and six vodka and cranberries, we lost all inhibitions and shyness. It sure made it easier to ask revelers if we could take their pics.
Circuit great Monty Q kept the action going on the main dance floor with his melodic, high-energy music overlooking Biscayne Bay while Key West DJ Dale Rozman with his loungey music expertise did his magic at Vizcaya’s Casino Mound dance floor overlooking the formal gardens.
A Latin band, Caribbean drummers, special guest performers and an amazing sexy fashion show by Verge and South Beach designer Iide Goncaves, rounded out the evening’s festivities.
The White Party Admiralty Program even welcomed revelers to arrive aboard their private yachts. We saw several who decided to join the festivities. Participating yachts, according to their size, were asked to make the following suggested donation: 39' or less - $1,200, 40'-79' - $2,000, 80' and up - $2,500 or drop-off only - $750.
South Beach's Doubletree Surfcomer Hosted New Orleans Visitors
Many of us from New Orleans chose to stay at the Doubletree Surfcomer Hotel. The completely restored art deco hotel is the handiwork of circuit promoter Johnny Chisholm. The property has a marvelous pool and is right on the oceanfront at South Beach, 1717 Collins Ave. Located in the historic Art Deco District, the hotel is within walking distance of Lincoln Road Mall, Ocean Drive and loads of restaurants, boutiques, shops and nightlife. We'd recommend it so call 305.532.7715 to make a reservation or visit gaysouthbeach.com and book it right on-line.
Music, Miami, White Party 2002 was presented by Southern Wine and Spirits of South Florida and took place from Nov. 22 through Dec. 2.
Presenting: Southern Wine & Spirits of South Florida;
Titanium: Centaur Music, Global Groove; Diamond: Blue Door at Delano, China Grill Miami Beach, Genre Magazine, Mark Baker Presents, JS Enterprises, Louisiana Interests;
Platinum: Ambush, Beachcat Design, crobar, Gold’s Gym, MAC Aids Fund, Miami Beach VCA, Party 93.1 FM, MAZE, WET, Wire;
Pearl: Billboardlive, HX Magazine, Level Nightclub, Miami Seaquarium, Miami-Dade Tourist Development Council, MiXBrasil, Motorola Advanced Radio System, Rain, SoFlaQ Television, Tetu, WHTN;
Silver: Calvin Klein, Express, Cabana Boy Flavored Rums, Christiania Vodka, Gran Centenario Tequila, Miller Lite, Scott Kane/Aldo Orta, Sterling Vineyards, Tanqueray, Raynal TAO, VOSS Water, Master Entertainment; Crystal: Circuitdog.com, JustCircuit.Com, Kiss the Girl Productions, Kohlman Hamlin, LLP, Miami New Times, Midwest Times, MSM Productions, P.M. Entertainment, Rusty Atlas, ThePartyList.Com, TWN, The Raleigh Hotel;
Event: Cactus, Chicago Free Press, Circuitpartyinsanity.com, Equitable Mortgage Services, Hema Diagnostic Systems, Misternightlife.com, Outline, Skymedia, SouthernBoyz.com, TSG;
Supporting: 2Xist, Doubletree Surfcomber, Fab, Impulse Energy Drink, South Beach Hotel Group;
Community: Shelborne Beach Resort, Promotional Partners: Black & Blue, Montreal 2002; Fireball 2003; Winter Party;
Official Host Hotel: Royal Palm Crowne Plaza Resort; White Party
Preferred Hotels: Crest Hotel, Doubletree Surfcomber, Hotel St. Augustine, La Flora Hotel, The Raleigh, The Savoy Hotel, Shelborne Beach Resort, South Beach Hotel, South Florida Hotel Group.
Please check out www.whiteparty.com for White Party 2003 updates, information and official White Party CD’s.
GLBT Support Lends to Mary Landrieu’s Senate Reelection Bid
Incumbent Mary Landrieu returns to the United States Senate winning with 51.6% [642,974] of the vote versus challenger Suzanne Haik Terrel with 48.4% [603,160] after a bitterly contested runoff marred with negative ads, national politics and personal attacks. Landrieu, a Democrat, thwarted the efforts of Pres. George Bush and other big name Republicans who came to Louisiana in support of Terrell. According to many national news teams, Landrieu’s win may just set the stage for Bush’s reelection chances in 2004, since his Republican economic policies are seen as a monumental problem for his administration.
Most of the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender community used all means necessary to get out the Louisiana vote to insure a win for Landrieu, whose support of GLBT issues is unmatched in many circles. Orleans Parish gave Landrieu 80% of the vote to Terrell’s 20%. Ads in support of Landrieu, appearing in Ambush, included those from the Forum For Equality and Human Rights Campaign. The Elegant Fleur de Lis Reception ad benefiting Landrieu hosted by Louisiana Lesbian & Gay Political Action Caucus, Forum for Equality and Louisiana Human Rights Campaign was paid for by Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain of Ambush as the mag’s endorsement.
Ambush received several anonymous phone calls criticizing the publication for urging its readers to "Vote for Equality, Vote for US Senator Mary Landrieu" at area polls Dec. 7th, under its calendar/events section.
"Vamps, Virgins & Voodoo" Fetes Teryl-Lynn Foxx as King Cake Queen X
The 16th Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss will be led by King Cake Queen [KCQ] X Teryl-Lynn Foxx who will reign as "The Voodoo Queen". The annual bead toss is hosted by Ambush’s own Krewe of Queenateenas, headquartered at 828 Bourbon St., and is set for Mardi Gras Day, Mar. 4th, beginning promptly at 1pm.
The new King Cake Queen is currently Easter Grand Marshal III and is one of the mega stars of Show Bar of the Year Oz’s popular Wednesday Show. As a noted illusionist of the works of Whitney Houston, Dionne Warwick and Diana Ross, Foxx has toured throughout the United States including the cities of Atlanta, Orlando, Knoxville, Chicago and Galveston.
The beautiful diva has won many contests including Miss Liberty International, Miss Clikque America, Miss Mississippi USA and Miss Gay Louisiana USA. As KCQ X,
Foxx will celebrate the 2003 theme of "Vamps, Virgins & Voodoo". Foxx will be presented to society at the by invitation only KCQ X Coronation & 10th Anniversary Bash on Sun., Feb. 16th.
Additionally, former queens will be honored, including KCQ II Jewel of the Nile, Jay A. Loomis; KCQ III The Rainbow Queen, the late Smurf Murphy; KCQ IV Pearl of the Sea, Reba Douglas; KCQ V The She Devil, Elizabeth Simms; KCQ VI Czarina the late Christine Cheridon [Sonny Cheridon Cleveland]; KCQ VII Goddess 2000, Stephanie Williams; KCQ
VIII The Peacock Queen, Phyllis Denmark and KCQ IX The Freedom Queen, Lisa Beaumann.
It all began back in 1987 when a group of some 400 guests joined Rip & Marsha Naquin-Delain for their first Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss at their new home at 828 Bourbon St. The following year, guests were limited to 50, thus enabling revelers greater access and movement on the balcony. The group was dubbed the Krewe of Queenateenas that year by Jay Ann Loomis, a close friend of the Naquin-Delain's, making them co-captains of the revelers. The balcony was converted and decorated into what is now known as Queenateenas Balcony Float #69.
In following years, the balcony has taken on its own themes of Carnival. As a joke in 1994, the co-captains chose a King Cake Queen to lead the festivities Carnival day at 1pm. This was the beginning of a new tradition for the Queenateenas. Now, each year the co-captains select the individual who works the crowds the best for beads as the criteria for selecting the following year’s King Cake Queen. For more on the King Cake Queens visit www.gaymardigras.com.
Queenateenas’ Salute Fellow Carnival Balls
The Krewe of Queenateenas salute fellow Carnival krewes and their balls throughout the Gulf South.
Schedules available at press time include:
Jan. 4, Mystic Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette's 27th Ball, 8pm, Lafayette Cajun Dome, Lafayette;
Jan. 11, Mystic Krewe of Royalty, Baton Rouge and Krewe of Apollo, Shreveport;
Jan. 25, Krewe of Apollo Baton Rouge's 22nd Ball, The Great Hall, Baton Rouge;
Feb. 1, Capital City Royal Order of Unicorn's 3rd Ball, 9pm, Plaquemine Civic Center, Baton Rouge and Krewe of Apollo, Birmingham;
Feb. 2, Krewe of Mwindo’s 5th Ball, 8pm, St. Bernard Cultural Center, New Orleans;
Feb. 8, Krewe of Amon Ra's 38th Ball, 8pm, St. Bernard Cultural Center, New Orleans and Lafayette Royal Order of Unicorn, Lafayette;
Feb. 22, Krewe of Olympus' 33rd Ball, Houston;
Feb. 23, Krewe of Petronius' 42nd Ball, 8pm, St. Bernard Cultural Center, and Mystic Krewe of Satyricon's 1st Ball, 8pm, Municipal Auditorium, New Orleans;
March 1, Krewe of Armeinius' 35th Ball, 9pm, St. Bernard Cultural Center, New Orleans; and
March 2, Lords of Leather's 20th Ball, 8pm, St. Bernard Cultural Center, New Orleans.
Dralion Offers One-Of-A-Kind Gift Idea this Holiday Season
Whether it's the hard-to-buy-for family member, a boss you want to impress or your best friend, tickets to the upcoming showing of Cirque du Soleil's Dralion at Zephyr Field in New Orleans offers an alternative to traditional holiday gift ideas this season. There's even a VIP package for that special someone on your holiday list!
"With Cirque du Soliel's coming to New Orleans for the first time, there's a unique gift-giving opportunity to be had," says Andre Cote, Cirque du Soleil Marketing Director for touring shows. "Imagine giving someone the experience of the artistry, culture and tradition that Cirque du Soleil has become known for around the world!"
Cirque du Soleil's Dralion begins its limited engagement showing Feb. 6, 2003. Tickets start at $45 and can be purchased at cirquedusoleil.com or by calling the Admission Network at 1.800.678.5440. Along with tickets, the complete recordings from Dralion are available on compact disc in most record stores.
There are VIP ticket packages available that include some of the best seats in the house, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres served in the Cirque-style ambience of the Dralion VIP Suite, a special Dralion gift and souvenir program. Dralion VIP Packages are $165 for adults and $115 for children [ages 2-12].
Since its world premiere in Montreal in April 1999, Dralion has been experienced by more that 2 million spectators in 23 cities across North America. The Los Angeles Times said of Dralion, "In Cirque du Soleil's winning Dralion, fanciful creatures and a bit of self-parody infuse the troupe's acts with new life ...entrancing as ever ...impeccable."
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