Everyone feels guilty if they party for a whole week. To get around these feelings, all you need to do is find events that let you cut loose while raising money for important causes. And if you need to cut really, really loose, you’ve got The Winter Party Festival.
The week-long celebration will be held on 27 February to 5 March on Miami Beach in order to raise funds for the LGBTI community locally and nationally. It’s organized by the National LGBTQ Task Force, who lobby the government for the betterment of queer people in the US.
However, when it’s party time, it’s less petitioning politicians and more barely clothed people dancing in one of the most LGBTI-friendly places in Florida.
The event has grown from its humble beginnings in 1994 as a huge dance party on the beach into a whole program of events. Expect everything from cocktail parties to stage shows to health advocacy programs… as well as a huge dance party on the beach.
It also happens to be one of the more diverse queer parties. The Task Force and the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau found 55% of all attendees in 2018 identified as non-white. Which is why this year’s theme is With Open Arms, meaning everyone is welcome to the event.
They’re also making efforts to make their talent more diverse, with more women on their setlist than ever. Sharon O Love, Anne Louise and MORABITO will be DJing for your pleasure.
The funds don’t just go to the Task Force, but South Florida LGBTI organizations too. In 2018, they donated $215,000 (189366.63EUR) to the LGBTQ Community Fund at the Miami Foundation.
So when you’re doing shots surrounded by these beautiful people, remember you’re doing it for a good cause.
The Winter Party Festival is hosted on Miami Beach, Florida on 27 February to 5 March 2019. Tickets are from $20 to $1000 for VIP packages.