So what exactly happens at Pig Week in Fort Lauderdale?

Pig Week returns to Fort Lauderdale (Photo: ©inkedKenny/Pig Week)

Fancy a walk on the wild side? The fifth annual Pig Week comes to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. from Nov. 29 to Dec. 8, 2019, with over 70 events for visitors to explore “the piggier side of life,” according to its founder Chad Bush.

As its name suggests, this is a queer fetish event for men who like things to be as debauched and kinky as possible. 

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Highlights include big dance events at venues such as Scandals, “play parties” at private clubs and homes equipped with dungeons, and even social events like beach excursions and gym sessions. 

Events will run the kink spectrum: from workshops aimed at beginners to plenty for the more experienced. Those only too happy to throw themselves into the thick of the action can enter the ‘Gang Bang Lotto.’ Two winners will be chosen.

Attendees can attend some of the events without registering for Pig Week, such as some of the parties at Leatherwerks. However, attendance at the private parties will be limited due to capacity issues.

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Bush ran the first Pig Week in 2015.

“Pig Week Fort Lauderdale got its start after I went to some of the more sex-centric events in Europe and realized that there was nothing like it here in the United States,” he tells GayCities. “The ones that we do have are more genre-specific.  

“I try to remain true to my tagline ‘All men are pigs,’ allowing people from all different segments of our population to have a space to explore their inner pig.

Bush does not use his “all men are pigs” line to presume all men are interested in the kinky life—just the men who want to come to his parties.

“When I started out throwing bear events years ago, I had so many people that said they wanted to come to the parties but did not identify as a bear,” says Bush. 

“Conversely, when I started throwing leather events I was told by many that they did not come to the parties because they didn’t identify with being a leatherman.  So creating the “pig” genre opened up the demographic to a more inclusive group that embraced absolutely everyone.  Hence, ‘All Men Are Pigs’.”

“All men have fantasies or fetishes, and most have been scared, or have not known how to indulge in them. Pig Week lets all men, whether they are leather men, twinks, jocks, bears or any other man explore their kinkier side of their sexuality.”

He stresses that Pig Week attendees don’t need a particular fetish to join the fun.

“Men are finding that they are able to learn, participate and experience their fantasies in a safe, no judgment arena. We get a very large number of repeat attendees because of this.”

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For full details, check the official website at pigweek.com.