If your New Years resolutions havent quite evolved by March – you’re in luck.
The organizers of this year’s “Winter Party Festival” have chosen “Evolve” as the theme of the week-long party-your-ass-off line-up of festivities.
The festival – which began in 1994 with one event – takes place primarily in Miami venues as usual. There’s at least one (“SWEAT”) in Wilton Manors. The festival, which now features dozens of events, runs March 4 to March 10.
The “Winter Party Festival” is one of the largest celebrations for the LGBT community. It is produced by the National LGBTQ Task Force, which has offices in Miami, Washington, D.C. and New York City.
“The festival makes a statement of inclusion as one of the leading and most unique LGBTQ+ dance party week fundraisers in North America,” organizers said in a statement. “It’s a Miami Beach destination experience that brings people together to love, dance and be their authentic selves.”
Sounds like a plan.
Once again, the bulk of the proceeds support the National LGBTQ Task Force. The group works to eradicate inequality in housing, employment, health care, retirement and basic human rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and queer people.
Some proceeds are also donated to local service organizations through a grant-making process administered by the Miami Foundation, organizers said.
In 2019, for example, the National LGBTQ Task Force donated $206,000 to local groups. It reports more than $3.1 million donated since 2005.
Prepare to ‘Evolve’
The backdrop of the theme “Evolve,” is a neon butterfly that represents the “strength and evolution of all corners of our beautiful LGBTQ+ community [and] the personal evolution that our guests can experience when they journey through the adventure, love, and magic shared during the week-long festival,” festival co-chair Rene Wolfensberger said in a statement.
Scheduled entertainment includes international artists DJ GRIND (U.S.), DJ Toy Armada (Philippines), DJ Abel Aguilera (U.S.), DJ Mauro Mozart (Brazil) and DJ Jerac (Colombia).
In addition, you can expect to see a performance by DJ Nina Flowers, a RuPaul’s Drag Race TV show alum from Puerto Rico.
The night of March 6 brings the ever-popular “HEAT” event and the morning of March 9 will feature the “AFTERGLOW” gathering at the Wynwood Factory – a four space event venue with a 20,000-square-foot terrace overlooking Miami.
The “ACTION! FINALE” event marks the end of the festival on the night of March 9 at stylish nightspot Exchange Miami.
That’s just a taste of what’s on tap.
The new host hotel, according to organizers, is the Royal Palm South Beach Miami, located at 1545 Collins Ave. Rates start at $299 per night.
For the full schedule of events and to buy tickets, go to winterparty.com.