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White Party Palm Springs 2017 :: Jeffrey Sanker's Hot Time in the Desert

by Joel Martens
Saturday Apr 29, 2017

It's inevitable, like leaves budding on trees, the constant action of waves on the beach, the stars in the heavens and the sunshine in Southern California. They are all markers of time passing and the seasons changing over the course of another year.

Another kind of unique marker, one that illustrates a different kind of passage and the beginning of another kind of "season..." One that for many, is as important a rite of passage as any in nature?

It's a place to see, know and understand another piece of who we are and how we fit into the larger community... and, as a favorite friend once said, "A place to dance your tits off."

Jeffrey Sanker's White Party. Started in 1990 as a gathering for 300 close friends in celebration of the rites of spring and for sure, the event has evolved mightily. They must be doing something right, because 27 years later, it now entertains upwards of 30,000 people from around the globe and delineates the start of SoCal's gay summer season. Long Beach Pride, L.A. Pride, San Diego Pride and many others march steadily along following the signature event, giving the LGBT community favorite places to come together, celebrate and for a change, be in the majority.

Admittedly, it's a need that may not be as great as it once was, we have effectively achieved some of the goal of integrating ourselves into the larger society. But, it remains still, an incredibly powerful thing to walk onto a dance floor surrounded by thousands of other gay men. It's a connection that remains as affirming now, as it has always been, no matter what your age.

So, head out to the desert, converge with your friends and community for White Party 2017 in Palm Springs from Friday, May 5 through Monday, May 8 and enjoy another kind of heat wave. Connect, dance, play, run amok and most of all, have a blast. Life is short my friends and it's meant to be lived out loud and out proud...



Splash 1: Dive In
Renaissance Pool - 12 to 6 p.m.
DJ Phil B and all the boys at the host hotel.

PAPA Dark: Leather, Sweat & Sex Renaissance Event Center - 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. DJs Tomo Woodland & Isaac Escalante team up with Eliad Cohen and his high-octane
PAPA Party.


Splash 2: Addicted to Boys Renaissance Pool - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Dive headfirst into the fun during the"Day Club"pool party featuring DJ Bret Law (in his White Party Debut) and DJ/Producer Duo: Grind and Toy Armada.

White Party
Convention Center - 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Stand at full attention on Saturday night at the weekend's most anticipated event, an 8-hour military-themed party. Headlining White Party's main event are DJs Suri, Dan Slater and DJ Aron. Keep your eyes open for the evening's
surprise performer!

Climax Afterhours
Renaissance Event Center - 4 to 8 a.m.
DJ Tom Stephan makes his White Party debut direct from London.


Splash 3: One Day In Heaven Renaissance Pool - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Sunday Day Club Pool Party will transport you to "Heaven" Nightclub in London featuring DJ Wayne G.

Sunset T-Dance White Party Park - 3 to 10 p.m.
Converge under the desert sky for an afternoon of fun and excitement with music by DJs Abel Aguilera and Ralphi Rosario. Ride the Ferris Wheel, take in the sun as it sets against the surrounding mountains and hear Grammy-
nominated Belinda Carlisle perform some of her greatest hits, along with other artists.

Showboys Closing Party Renaissance Event Center - 10 p.m. to 8 a.m.
The weekend culminates with superstar DJs Binomio and Danny Verde, direct from Madrid.

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