This annual, week-long event attracts thousands of the hottest partygoers from around the globe to help raise money for the National LGBTQ Task Force, a group that helps take action, build power, and create change.
Founded in 1994, the original Winter Party featured just one event, a huge dance party held on the sands of South Beach. Now the Winter Party is a massive long weekend of events, including cocktail parties, stage shows, pool mixers and health advocacy programs. This year’s theme, With Open Arms, is a nod to the Task Force’s dedication to making the Winter Parter a welcoming event for all.
This year, organizers sought to diversify the talent on the DJ roster to be more inclusive of the entire community by including more women, featuring the skills of Sharon O Love (making her US debut), Anne Louise and Morabito.
“Winter Party Festival has always been friendly and inclusive,” White Party festival chair Rene Wolfensberger said in a statement. “This year we wanted to turn it up a notch and encourage everyone, volunteers, committee members, staff and guests to welcome each other with open arms. It’s an international gesture of inclusion and ties very well into our vision statement: ‘Bringing the world together to create change while celebrating you.’”
Here are a few highlights from last year’s event just to get you in the mood for this year’s festivities…