Ah, Thanksgiving! The weekend the world’s oldest and most glamorous HIV/AIDS dance weekend fundraisers takes over Miami Beach and Mainland Miami.
The 33rd Annual White Party Week in fabulous Miami and South Beach will once again be highlighted by the main event. This main-evbent upscale gala long ago became internationally famous, with everyone from NBC to The New York TImes covering it. Wear white! Even if there weren't a "strict" dress code, you'll want to dress up anyway. Or dress down, because the muscle bodies that stream into the city, adding to the rare slices of beefcake in residence, wear their sexiest and skimpiest shimmery white. It's a joy to the eyes that you will not want to miss.
Of all the major party events on the U.S. gay calendar, this is the one that pulls in the crowds from all over the world — men and women sophisticated and sexy, the true international "in crowd," all bedecked in fantasy white outfits.
Anyone who has attended a White Party in Miami can tell you that this is wholly different from anything you've ever experienced. Sure, it's a dance party, but much, much more. It's, well, it's elegant and sexy. Le tout Miami is there, as are the media and a bevy of bold-face names.
Could a party week like this take place anywhere other than Miami? The country's acknowledged party capital offers the biggest of big rooms. In South Beach, you can luxuriate in fabulous oceanfront hotels, renovated to their original Art Deco splendor. Take a stroll down Lincoln Road or discover Collins and Washington Avenues, where you'll find great restaurants and trendy boutiques.
There are plenty of other spectacular parties. It starts with Noche Blanco, on Thursday, and extends into well Tuesday with White Horizons. The most notable is Muscle Beach, in which Lunna Park in South Beach is transformed into a day-into-night gay dance party.
And all events' proceeds go entirely to Care Resource, the area's major AIDS service agency. Over the years, the White Party has raised millions of dollars for Care Resource with a series of parties unsurpassed anywhere.
Check it out — but don't wait too long; many of these parties sell out well ahead of time. So head pronto to the website — oh, and try mightily to get a room at the host hotel, the ultra-ultra-glamorous National on the ocean in the heart of SoBe!