Volume 23/Issue 3/2005
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Mardi Gras Guide Has It All
Mag is proud to serve as
your Official Gay Mardi Gras Guide. As you go through this giant 72 page
issue, you’ll find 48 pages in ads, boasting the best club, business, krewe and
organization events from Texas through Florida, plus over 200 photos of the
hottest action. You can also visit
www.GayMardiGras.COM, the Original & Only Official Gay Mardi Gras Website,
chock full of additional information.
As you flip through these pages you will find
loads of information from events to shopping, dining to hair care, and even,
services to shows, but some of the biggest events follow.
Fri., Feb. 4 brings us, from 9pm-12midnight,
6th annual le Vendredi De Nuit Mardi Gras Avant [The Friday Night Before Mardi
Gras Extravaganza], benefiting Belle Reve & United Services For AIDS, at The
Carrollton in New Orleans.
Sat., Feb. 5, it’s to Baton Rouge for the
12noon annual Spanish Town Parade at 5th & Spanish Town Road, then return to New
Orleans for the 8pm Krewe of Armeinius Bal Masque XXXVII at the Frederick J.
Sigur Civic Center (formerly St. Bernard Cultural Center) in Chalmette; and the
Night of the Black Mask: The South’s Oldest Leather Block Party, 10pm-2am, at
the Phoenix/Eagle in New Orleans.
On Sun., Feb. 6, the Lords of Leather Bal
Masque XXII hits the stage at the Frederick J. Sigur Civic Center (formerly St.
Bernard Cultural Center), 8pm in Chalmette/New Orleans.
On Lundi Gras, Feb. 7, 8:30pm, it's the annual
Hookers Ball with celebrity emcees Guadalupe and Ambush's Phyllis
Denmark, benefiting Buzzy's Boys & Girls at Body & Soul.
And finally, it’s the big day, Mardi Gras,
Feb. 8, kicking off with the 12noon 41st Annual Bourbon Street Awards sponsored
by Oz and Bud Light, at the corner of St. Ann at 800 Bourbon, emceed by Bianca
Del Rio & Blanche Debris, presenting Best Drag, Best Leather, Best Group and
Best of Show Awards, plus $1,000 cash for Overall Best Costume in New Orleans.
It’s followed by the 2pm 18th annual Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss:
Jungles, Jewels & Jocks led by KCQ [King Cake Queen] XII of Gay Mardi
Gras, Savanna DeLorean, The Amazon Queen, at World famous Ambush
Headquarters Balcony, 828 Bourbon St. in New Orleans.
Gay Mardi Gras Traditions/Balls Date
Back to 1949
traditions of Gay Mardi Gras Balls came into being in the 1950s. The first Gay
Mardi Gras krewe was the Krewe of Yuga or "KY." This krewe was formed to
satirize the straight, aristocratic Mardi Gras traditions in 1958. In 1962, the
Krewe of Yuga threw its first Ball at a badly chosen sight, a private children’s
school. No sooner had the tableau begun with queen and maids expectantly waiting
the adoration of the spectators when police cars roared up and the ball was
raided. Doors were locked and people were unceremoniously hauled to jail.
Taking a deep breath, the Gay community soon
reorganized and new Gay Mardi Gras krewes began to flourish. Peaking in the
early 1980s, there were dozens of Gay krewes that were the highlight of the
Carnival season. Local matrons would beg for tickets from their hairdresser.
They were quite the event.
The Gay balls required formal attire and the
tableaus were a sight to behold. Many a cocktailed queen was seen to fall over
from the weight of a bigger than life costume. It was all wonderful, some of the
most cherished Carnival memories.
Why past tense? AIDS took many of the best and
most talented people from New Orleans. It would be easy to blame a weak economy
and apathy for the decline of the Gay krewes. It’s not that. It was AIDS that
hurt this fine tradition, redirecting funds from carnival clubs to fight the
However, several krewes did survive across the
Gulf South, plus new ones have organized in recent years.
Historical Gay Mardi Gras Events:
1949, Fat Monday Luncheon debuts at Brennan’s
1958, Krewe of Yuga/New Orleans, 1st gay
Carnival club debuts
1962, Krewe of Petronius/New Orleans debuts
1962, Yuga/New Orleans ball raided
1963, Bourbon Street Awards/New Orleans debuts
presented by Arthur Jacobs, Bourbon at Dumaine Streets
1966, Krewe of Amon-Ra/New Orleans debuts
1969, Krewe of Armeinius/New Orleans debuts
1969, Amon-Ra/New Orleans presents 1st Miss
1970, Mystick Krewe of Apollo/New Orleans
debuts at Monteleone, 1st gay ball presented in a hotel
1971, Krewe of Olympus/New Orleans debuts, 1st
gay ball presented at St. Bernard Civic Auditorium
1972, Mystick Krewe of Apollo/New Orleans, 1st
gay ball to debuts at Municipal Auditorium,
1976, Mystick Krewe of Apollo de Lafayette
1977, Mystick Krewe of Apollo/Birmingham
1977, Mystic Krewe of Celestial Knights/New
1977, Academy of the Golden Goddess, Inc. (AGGI)/New
Orleans debuts presenting annual awards show celebrating gay Carnival clubs
1978, Mystick Krewe of Apollo/Shreveport
1979, police strike cancels parades/New
Orleans; Charlene’s & the Golden Lantern group takes to the street as the Krewe
1980, Police cancel Krewe of Cancellation
parade/New Orleans, no parade permit
1981, Mystick Krewe of Apollo/Baton Rouge
1981, Krewe of Ishtar/New Orleans, 1st
all-lesbian club debuts
1982-3, Edd Smith hosts Bourbon & St. Ann St.
Awards/New Orleans, no Bourbon Street Awards held
1983, the Krewe of Polyphemus/New Orleans
1984, Lords of Leather/New Orleans, 1st
leather Carnival club debuts
1984, 11 gay Carnival krewes present balls, a
1984, no Edd Smith or Bourbon Street
1986, Bourbon Street Awards/New Orleans
returns & moves to St. Ann & Burgundy
1987, Krewe of Queenateenas/New Orleans debuts
presenting 1st Official Gay Mardi Gras Bead Toss, 828 Bourbon St.
1991, AGGIs/New Orleans end
1992, Petronius, Amon-Ra, Armeinius & Lords of
Leather present only gay balls/New Orleans
1993, Krewe of Barkus/New Orleans parade hits
the streets of the French Quarter
1994, Krewe of Queenateenas/New Orleans crown
1st King Cake Queen of Gay Mardi Gras
1999, 1st new gay Carnival Club since 1984,
Krewe of Mwindo/New Orleans debuts
1999, Fat Monday Luncheon/New Orleans,
celebrates 50th anniversary
2000, le Vendredi de Nuit Mardi Gras Avant/New
Orleans debuts benefiting AIDS service organizations
2001, People of Substance’s Krewe of Anubis/New
2001, Petronius/New Orleans celebrates 40th
2002, Bourbon Street Awards/New Orleans
returns to Bourbon & St. Ann Streets presented by Oz & Bud Light
2003, Krewe of Satyricon/New Orleans debuts
2004, 40th Bourbon St. Awards presented
2005, Amon Ra/New Orleans celebrates 40th
GayMardiGras.COM has much more detailed information available.
Friday Night Before Mardi Gras Charity
Ball Feb. 4
Orleans - The annual Friday Night Before Mardi Gras extravaganza will be held at
the Carrollton on Feb. 4 from 9pm to midnight.
With patrons dressed in drag, costume or black
tie, Friday Night Before Mardi Gras extravaganza is the ball where guests are
the tableau. Tickets are $50 per person for the ball, which will feature an open
bar, luscious buffet, festive music and celebrity guests. All proceeds benefit
persons living with HIV and AIDS through donations to Belle Reve New Orleans and
United Services for AIDS.
The Friday Night Before Mardi Gras is the only
gay Mardi Gras ball or event of this magnitude held on this night, soon to
become a permanent fixture in the New Orleans Gay Mardi Gras alongside other
better-known krewes, such as Petronius and Armeinius.
New Orleans’ own, Johnny Angel and the Swingin’
Demons will perform as the celebrity entertainment for the evening.
(Professional on-site photographs are complimentary.)
The Carrollton is located at 4710 South
Carrollton Ave. For tickets or additional information visit
www.fridaynightbeforemardigras.org or call 504.483.3211.
Oz & Bud Light Present 41st Bourbon
Orleans - Oz will once again present the Bourbon Street Awards. Celebrating it’s
41st anniversary, the world-famous costume contest is a delight to all. The
contest starts at noon Mardi Gras day, Feb. 8, at the corners of Bourbon and St.
Ann Streets in the heart of the French Quarter. Get there early if you want to
get up close to the stage! Contestants can sign up beginning at 10am to compete
in the following categories: Best Drag, Best Leather, Best Group and Best of
Show. First, Second and Third place prizes will be awarded in each category.
PLUS a $1,000 CASH prize for overall best of show!
Earth’s mightiest hostesses, the incredible
Bianca Del Rio and the uncanny Blanch DeBris will once again prove that OZ and
the BOURBON STREET AWARDS is the only place to be on Mardi Gras day!
Oz Mardi Gras Lineup Weekend passes are
available on-line at OzNewOrleans.com or may be purchased at the club. Don’t
wait in long lines to get into Oz! Express Entrance for VIPs and pass-holders
from Thursday to Tuesday! Passes will be available for purchase at Oz until they
Wed., Feb. 2: Start the Carnival celebration
with the longest running drag show on Bourbon Street featuring Bianca Del Rio,
Lisa Beaumann, Teryl-Lynn Foxx, Ava Synclaire, Amber Nicole Welch, Coca with
special guest King Cake Queen XII Savanna DeLorean. DJ Raymond Mattix is in the
booth all night!
Thurs., Feb. 3: Start your day with the Men of
Manwatch and DJ Tim Pflueger, followed by Blanche Debris and the nationally
known Oz Calendar Boy Contest. Raymond Mattix is your prime-time DJ, with DJ
Chris Finland taking over the tables after-hours.
Sixteen beautiful men from around the world,
the Men of Manwatch, will be dancing on the bartops from Thursday to Tuesday.
Fri., Feb 4: Dancers and DJ Tim Pflueger once
again open your eyes. Then DJ Raymond Mattix is back in the booth, followed by
that national sensation and world-rocking DJ — Alyson Calagna and then Oz’s own
Ellis Ranko will spin in the after-hours.
Sat., Feb 5: We’ve got you covered all day at
Oz! DJ Tim Pflueger gets you in the mood, DJ Raymond Mattix keeps you there, and
DJ Ellis Ranko pushes you to your limits.
Sun., Feb. 6: Ready to party at Oz before,
during and after the parades? DJ Mary Pappas starts the day, followed by Raymond
Mattix, then internationally known Roland Belmares leads you into a sunrise
session with Chris Finland.
Mon., Feb. 7: It’s Lundi Gras, and Tim’s back
to start your day, then along comes Mary Pappas who is followed by Atlanta’s
Hottie Daddy DJ David Knapp. Maryon Rags is the master of vinyl into the wee
hours of Fat Tuesday.
Tues., Feb 8: It’s not over ... just one more
day! Tim Pflueger is the lead-off DJ for Mardi Gras Day; then Raymond Mattix and
Mary Pappas will wind you into a frenzy during the evening with Maryon Rags
welcoming Ash Wednesday to The City that Care Forgot!
www.OzNewOrleans.com for the latest events and happenings at New Orleans’
World famous gay dance club.
Lambda Legal Defends City of New Orleans
Same-Sex Domestic Partner Registry & Benefits Policy
Orleans - In oral arguments Mon., Jan. 31, at the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court
of Appeals, Lambda Legal began its fight of an attack by an antigay group
seeking to end the City of New Orleans’ policy extending health insurance
benefits to domestic partners of its gay and lesbian workers as well as the
city’s domestic partner registry.
"Our clients deserve the same health coverage
their co-workers receive for their families, and the City of New Orleans did the
right thing by offering it," said Brian Chase, Staff Attorney in Lambda Legal’s
South Central Regional Office in Dallas, who is handling the case. "This benefit
directly affects the health and well-being of city employees and their
In 1997, the City of New Orleans extended
health insurance benefits to same-sex partners of city employees. In 1999 the
City Council, by a majority vote, created a domestic partner registry that
allows couples to make a public commitment to care for and support each other.
The domestic partner benefits policy and the city’s domestic partner registry
have come under attack by a radical antigay group, the Alliance Defense Fund,
based in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The antigay group claims that the city’s
benefits program violates antigay citizens’ rights, while Lambda Legal says that
nobody’s rights are violated when elected officials provide health coverage to
the families of gay and lesbian city employees. A lower court dismissed the
antigay group’s lawsuit last year, and the group appealed the case to the
Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
At the city’s request, Lambda Legal joined the
lawsuit representing city employee Peter Sabi and his partner, Philip Centanni.
Sabi has worked in the city’s Vieux Carre Commission as a senior building
inspector for nine years. Centanni is a self-employed writer.
Sabi and Centanni have been together for
almost nine years. As a self-employed writer, Centanni was paying $500 a month
for health insurance before the city extended benefits to its employees’
same-sex partners. Now the couple pays $50 a month for Centanni’s coverage.
Public employers in over 10 states, and nearly
140 counties and cities nationwide have extended health insurance benefits to
the domestic partners of gay and lesbian employees. More than 60 cities and
counties have domestic partner registries, some of which have benefits attached.
In general, registries have important symbolic value for couples who sign up,
and both public and private employers often find them helpful when extending
benefits to employees nonmarital partners.
Lambda Legal has handled many similar lawsuits
on behalf of cities whose domestic partnership benefits and registries are
attacked by antigay groups. One example is the case of S.D. Myers v. City and
County of San Francisco. Lambda Legal filed a friend-of-the-court brief on
behalf of the City of San Francisco. A federal appeals court ruled in favor of
the city and its domestic partnership plan.
Rip and Marsha Naquin-Delain, publishers of
Ambush Mag, were the first couple to register as Domestic Partners in
New Orleans Pride Elects New Board;
Moves Celebration Back to June
The New Orleans
Alliance of Pride, producers of New Orleans annual Pride celebration, elected a
new board including co-chairs Jamie Temple and Tony Leggio, secretary Jack
Saucier and treasurer Mina Hernandez. All former board members with the
exception of Shayne McClain and Donnie Jay have resigned. New board members also
include Todd Blauvelt and Will Coleman.
In general business the board voted to move
Pride Fest back to June. It also voted to only hold a Pride Parade this year,
while working on eliminating debt and restructuring of the festival portion.
Community involvement is greatly encouraged
and the board will issue notices of meetings right after Mardi Gras.
Ella Fitzgerald to Headline Legends of
Jazz Photo Exhibition by Photographer Steven Forster in April
Orleans - New Orleans Awardwinning Photographer Steven Forster has announced
that he will unveil the premiere exhibition of his legends series of jazz and
musical giants including Ella Fitzgerald at the Robert Bruno Gallery in New
Orleans for the month of April 2005. The First Lady of Song Ella Fitzgerald will
be among many giants including The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, The Genius Ray
Charles, King of the Blues B.B. King, Miss Nancy Wilson, The Legendary "Q"
Quincy Jones, Queen of Broadway Musicals Ethel Merman, New Orleans Legendary
Pete Fountain, Dr. John, Mavis Staples, Dionne Warwick, Chaka Khan, KoKo Taylor,
Buddy Guy and many more. April is jazz month in New Orleans, and the one-man
exhibition is timed to welcome visitors to the 36th New Orleans Jazz and
Heritage Festival April 22 - May 1, 2005.
The new exhibition was inspired by Forster’s
life long infatuation with the voice of Ella Fitzgerald. "She inspired me
artistically and musically and has always been a part of my life," Forster says.
Ella Fitzgerald © Steven
Forster photographed Fitzgerald on stage in
1979 at the 10th New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and a few years later
delivered a framed photograph to his idol during her stay at New Orleans’
Fairmont Hotel where she was performing at the Blue Room. He was greeted at her
hotel suite door by a sleepy Fitzgerald, clad in a robe. Forster believed the
negatives of his Fitzgerald shoot had been destroyed in a fire 25 years ago. In
October, Forster was stunned to discover a set of some of the negatives in an
envelope, although his favorite photograph, the one he’d presented to
Fitzgerald, was not among them. His joy at discovering his tribute to his
favorite jazz legend propelled him to action. Forster matched images of other
musical greats he had photographed over the years, and his latest one-man show
Forster’s photography work is included in the
Historic New Orleans Collection, The New Orleans Museum of Art, The Contemporary
Arts Center, the Mario Villa Gallery and the John Stinson Gallery. His work has
been included in exhibitions of master photographers Ansel Adams, Walker Evans,
Clarence John Laughlin, and Weegee (Usher Arthur "Weegee" Felig). His clients
have included Random House Books for the cover jacket photograph of Pulitzer
Prize winning author Rick Bragg (#1 New York Times Best Seller, I Am A
Soldier, Too; The Jessica Lynch Story). Forster is presently working on
the cover jacket photograph of Ernest Gaines for his upcoming book From
Mozart to Ledbelly.
Ethel Merman © Steven
Forster swept the Fashion Photography category
for both published and non-published work at the annual Alpha Awards presented
by the Fashion Group International (founded in 1930) of New Orleans in 2004.
Forster shut out all other published and non-published fashion photographers
from the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Alabama and the Florida
panhandle for work which included large scale digital photographs of jazz
artists in New Orleans. Forster is now an eight-time Alpha Award winning
photographer whose work is featured in his own award-winning newspaper page, the
Big Easy Page in the Sunday editions of the Times-Picayune,
Louisiana’s largest newspaper.
The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Robert Bruno Gallery is in the Warehouse Arts District of New Orleans, 900
S. Peters St. For more information visit
Saints and Sinners
Literary Festival May 13-15 in New Orleans
Orleans - You can join in a weekend of literary revelry in the heart of the
French Quarter in New Orleans. Saints and Sinners is a literary
festival for the GLBT community, their friends and anyone who is interested in
reading and writing. It will take place May 13-15, 2005. The weekend will
include workshops, panel discussions, and a reading series that will appeal to
readers and writers alike. There will also be special events and book signings.
Presenters include such nationally known
authors as Jim Grimsley, Sarah Schulman, Tim Miller, John Morgan Wilson,
Patricia Nell Warren, Radclyffe, Val McDermid, M. Christian, Emanuel Xavier,
Ellen Hart, and Patrick Califia. Some of New Orleans’ favorites will also be on
hand, with Poppy Z. Brite, Kevin Allman, Kay Murphy, Martha Ward, Patricia
Brady, Greg Herren, Brad Richard, and J.M. Redmann.
Other participants include Jameson Currier,
Jay Quinn, Carolyn Gage, Ian Philips, Robert Taylor, Jim Gladstone, Trebor
Healey, Charles Flowers, Toni Amato, Ron Suresha as well as many others.
A number of publishers and editors will be
present, including Don Weise, Avalon Books; J.M. Redman and Kelly Smith, Bywater
Books; G.K. Darby, Garret County Press; Robert L. Giron, Gival Press; David
Rosen, Insightout Books; Thomas Keith, New Directions Press; Abram Himelstein,
New Mouth from the Dirty South; Ammi Emergency, Soft Skull Press; Jay Quinn and
Greg Herren, Southern Tier Editions of The Haworth Press; Greg Wharton and Ian
Philips, Suspect Thoughts Press; and Patricia Nell Warren, Wildcat Press.
The weekend will start off on Fri., May 13
with a series of master classes on topics from The Role of the Editor
with Don Weise of Avalon Books and Thomas Keith from New Directions Press to
Mysterious Beginnings with Ellen Hart. Toni Amato and Kristi Helms
will conduct a workshop on the topic of From Online to In Print.
Cherry Cappel will talk about Creating An Effective Author Website,
and there will also be workshops facilitated by John Morgan Wilson, Patrick
Califia, Carolyn Gage, and Jim Grimsley.
The opening party of the weekend is a Friday
night reception in that hot spot of Bourbon Street, Ambush Mag
headquarters. A special part of the weekend will be a chance to attend an
intimate dinner party with a featured author including Jim Grimsley, Ellen Hart,
John Morgan Wilson, Letta Neely, and Emanuel Xavier. The dinners will take place
in the elegant homes of some of New Orleans most renowned hosts.
Saturday kicks off with panel discussions and
a reading series. There will be something for everyone with topics ranging from
"marketing and promoting your book" to "using sex as language in romances and
erotica." There will also be panel discussions on genre jumping & project
hopping, family life beyond the big city, as well as discussions on topics that
include internet publishing, small presses, and poetry.
The saints can take an early night on
Saturday, but for the sinners there will be a theatrical performance by the
internationally acclaimed performance artist Tim Miller, and Jim Gladstone along
with D. Travers Scott will present the world premiere of a new performance piece
drawn on verbatim excerpts from one of the best selling and most notoriously
homophobic sex manuals of all time.
Sunday continues with the panel discussions
and the reading series.
And the weekend ends with a closing reception
upstairs at the Bourbon Pub with the newest members of the Saints and Sinners
"Literary Saints" being recognized. Past inductees include: Dorothy Allison, Ann
Bannon, Mark Doty, Katherine V. Forrest, Jewelle Gomez, Val McDermid, Felice
Picano, David Rosen, and Patricia Nell Warren.
Additionally, the closing reception will also
include recognition of the insightout books Violet Quill Award-winner. The 2004
finalists are Aaron Krach, Trebor Healey, Jim Tushinski, Philip Galanes, Aaron
Hamburger, and Mary Wilbon. The festival hopes to accomplish two things.
One is to raise funds for NO/AIDS Task Force
and its programs and services. But the festival will also serve as a community
awareness forum, something to show another side of the GLBT community other than
the one shown at party times like Mardi Gras or Southern Decadence. While there
must be many facets to HIV prevention efforts, one way is to give the community
social outlets other than ones that seem to place emphasis on drugs, alcohol and
sex, as well as role models of talented and accomplished gay men, lesbians and
straight people who are open minded and supportive for young people struggling
with their sexual identity and needing affirmation for who they are and who they
The festival will take place in the heart of
New Orleans’ historic French Quarter, using Club 735 as Festival headquarters
where there will be readings, panels, and a bookfair. Other venues will be
within easy walking distance, and include the Bourbon Pub/Parade and Napoleon’s
Itch within the Bourbon Orleans Hotel.
Literary Sponsors of the event include:
Harrington Park Press, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Arts Council
of New Orleans, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Gival Press, the Publishing
Triangle, Wildcat Press, Suspect Thoughts Press, Intaglio Publishing,
DREAMWalker Group, Bold Strokes Books, and insightout books.
Visit the Festival web site at www.sasfest.com
for a complete schedule of events, list of participants, and registration forms.
For additional information or to register by phone, contact Tina Simon at
504.821.2601 x 217 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
11 Parties, 10 DJs, 5 Days: 2005 Memorial Day Weekend in
Pensacola May 26-30
Pensacola, FL - The word is given!
It’s Official! Eleven Parties, Ten DJs,
Five Days … Memorial Day Weekend in Pensacola Florida keeps getting bigger and
better every year! The 2005 Memorial Day Circuit Party Weekend presented by
Johnny Chisholm and Oz will be overloaded with world-class DJs, shining new
venues and the most vibrant entertainment and talent just for you!
The weekend officially kicks off Thurs., May
26, at an all new, totally remodeled, redecorated and re-arranged Emerald City
nightclub hosting Foreplay, the opening party of the weekend. One of the south’s
newest spinning sensations DJ Jay-R is back to get you started dancing the
moment the doors open!
For those of you who have been here before,
the exciting new changes begin Friday afternoon. Bounce, the ever-popular
poolside T-Dance has a new home. This year, the Hilton Garden Inn (our official
host hotel) is proud to welcome you to their facility for this event! Bounce 1
starts at 4pm, and ends at 8pm. The amazing Tracy Young will set the mood for
the entire weekend while you enjoy the sunset and seeing your old friends from
years past, while you meet some new ones.
Emerald City isn’t the only remix of the
weekend, the Friday night beach party has also been remade! WAVE, the beach
party, has been moved and renamed this year while repairs are being made to its
traditional location. This year, HURRICANE hits the beach in front of the Hilton
Garden Inn from 10pm to 3am. The perky Kimberly S. is your mixmistress of the
evening and she’ll have you groovin’ to the music all night. WAVE will be back
Sat., May 28 will be a busy, busy day for
everyone in attendance. The natural raw talent of DJ Alyson Calagna will greet
you poolside at the Hilton Garden Inn for Bounce 2 from 4pm to 8pm, then you’ll
have just enough time to head back to your rooms to get ready for SWEAT or
FORIDDEN I. Emerald City the shining new jewel of the coast invites you to SWEAT
with DJ Roland Belmares. And for the ladies (the guys can go too!) DJ Mary
Pappas leads the action at FORBIDDEN I, the Saturday girl party at this year’s
new location Capt’n Fun on the Beach. You’re not done yet! Atlanta-based DJ
David Knapp is champion of the turntables at SPELLBOUND I, the first after-hours
party of the weekend. Head over to The Annex from 3am to 9am for this all-night
Now in its eleventh year, award winning
ABRACADABRA will take over the Pensacola Civic Center for the true grand-daddy
of all circuit parties. Manny Lehman will be blazing as he spins for you from
10pm to 4am in this massive venue. Ladies, we haven’t left you out, Mary Pappas
is back for FORBIDDEN II from 9pm to 3am at Flounder’s on the Beach. The energy
will still be sky-high and that’s when Barry Harris takes over to spin at
SPELLBOUND II at the Annex, from 3am to 9am after Abracadabra.
We know … you want more … well, you’re gonna
get it. Mon., May 30, award-winning DJ Dewight Barkley brings you all to CLIMAX
at Emerald City for the annual drink-n-drown closing party. The doors open a
9pm, and look for some exciting entertainment to round out your party weekend.
Are you ready to party non-stop for five days?
Here’s all you have to do: Go to
www.ozneworleans.com to order your weekend passes and you’ll also find all the
information you’ll need about hotels, the DJs, a shopping and dining guide to
Pensacola and the latest information about the weekend’s events. A weekend pass
is only $200, and that provides admission to all the events. If you’d like to be
a Weekend VIP, that pass is $300, and includes admission to all events PLUS a
separate VIP room with complimentary beverages at Bounce 1 & 2, HURRICANE, SWEAT
and ABRACADABRA. Weekend and Weekend VIP passes, as well as individual event
tickets may be purchased at the Hilton Garden Inn beginning Fri., May 25. The
ticket desk accepts cash and credit cards. You may also purchase tickets, with
cash only, for any event at the door of that event.
If you’d like to make reservations at the
official host hotel, The Hilton Garden Inn on the Beach, please call their
reservation hotline: 1.877.782.9444 (be sure to mention Group Code FUN).
Additional accommodations are available at Portofino Resort (850.916.5000).
Weekend sponsors for 2005 include: Miller Beer, Wet Lubes,
Ambush Magazine, Altitude 12 and
Gay.Com. Go to
sign up for the e-mail list and you will receive the latest information about
Memorial Day Weekend 2005. If you have any questions, please e-mail
or telephone 850.433.7499 Monday – Friday 9am-5pm. Airline booking information
can be found at circuittravel.com.
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