Black Party NYC 2014

Are you truly ready for this year's Black Party? NYC's Roseland Ballroom will be hosting the raucous affair for the last time; here's what you need to know

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The Black Party


The Black Party, NYC's reliably raunchy annual celebration of the arrival of spring, turns 35 this year—and oh, how it’s blossomed, from its humble beginnings in the East Village to a sprawling multi-day celebration of seasonal hedonism.

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Officially titled Rites XXXV: The Black Party, the massive dance/performance/kink party lasts more than 12 hours and draws some 5,000 revelers to the Roseland Ballroom annually. In keeping with the Black Party's tradition of fusing nightlife with arty conceptualism, the theme for this year's party is "unHOLI Rites” with performances and aesthetics inspired by the ancient Hindu religious festival of Holi.

And the weekend is not just about the Black Party itself anymore. The official opening event on Black Party weekend is the International Escort Awards—better known as the Hookies—on Friday night. This year you can watch Mr. New York, Boomer Banks, compete against comers (pun intended) from cities around the world for the title of Mr. International. The Black Party marketplace, where celebrants could stock up on gear, lube, porn and more isn't returning this year (there's really no shortage of places to shop for that stuff in NYC anyway). But the Black Party has named the sprawling OUT NYC complex as its first official hotel, with events including the Hookies taking place in its various nightlife spaces (the megaclub BPM among them).

When is Black Party 2014? The Black Party begins at 10 PM on Saturday, March 22, 2014, and continues until Sunday afternoon March 23.

Where is Black Party NYC? The Black Party takes place at Roseland Ballroom, 239 West 52nd Street.

For those on the fence, this will be a good year to go: It's the last Black Party ever to happen at iconic NYC venue Roseland, its home for more than two decades, which is closing for good this spring. But fear not: The producers promise that the party will go on. It just wouldn't be spring in New York without it.

Black Party NYC 2014 coverage

Photos: The International Escort Awards

Boomer Banks took home the top honor at this year's Hookies, hosted by funny guy Leslie Jordan and drag diva Shequida.

The Black Party: How not to make an ass of yourself

Experts and survivors of the annual bacchanal tell you how to make the most out of Rites XXXV: The Black Party

International Escort Awards 2014 nominees

Meet the men competing for top (and bottom) prizes at this year's Hookies.

Interview: Boomer Banks

The designer, porn star and bacon fanatic gets ready to represent NYC at the International Escort Awards.

Images: 24 Years at Roseland (NSFW)

Black Party producer the Saint at Large looks back at more than two decades of events at the iconic venue through these boundary-pushing posters.


Black Party NYC 2014 events

Rites XXXV: The Black Party

  • Price band: 3/4
  • Critics choice
  1. Roseland Ballroom 239 W 52nd St, between Broadway and Eighth Ave
  2. Sat Mar 22
More info

24 Years at Roseland

  • Critics choice
  • Free
  1. The OUT NYC 510 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Mon Mar 24
More info

The International Escort Awards

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice
  1. BPM 516 W 42nd St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10036
  2. Until Fri Mar 21
More info

Horse Meat Disco

  • Critics choice
  1. Cielo 18 Little W 12th St, between Ninth Ave and Washington St
  2. Until Sun Aug 31
More info



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LeNairXavier
LeNairXavier

For a time, I was fascinated and bought into all of the hype about the Black Party. Even tried to become a performer during my time as a gay porn actor. But now that I am older and wiser, I see The Black Party for what it really is --- a den showplace for prostitutes, which is by no means cute. I am, and probably always will be PRO-exhibitionism. I will never be pro-prostitution. And most, if not all of the performers for The Black Party are prostitutes.

The reason why I am against prostitution is because there's an emotional and mental disconnect in it. And that disconnect is what paves the way for the rampant drug use that The Black Party and most circuit parties are known for. That drug use and praise of prostitution is also why the gay community is so overwrought with emotional cripples. Our community needs something that celebrates sexuality, and uses more POSITIVE role models to do it. And using doped-up porn actors who are just there for the money is not that positive image to give gay males, young or old, about sexuality. Making them front and center representation does more harm than good.

We also should consider the FACT that every year, there's a story that brings notoriety to The Black Party. The problem is the story is 90+% DRUG-RELATED. To this day, the story that I can't forget, and made me start seeing the Black Party for the mess that it is was the story of how someone defecated on the dancefloor.

I would be all for the Black Party if exhibitionism was its message. But it's not. For the times that I went there, I don't know if it ever was. And that saddens me. Making me feel that my hard-earned money went to lost causes trying to turn a big profit by giving bread crumbs and scabs to a greater cause.

LeNairXavier
LeNairXavier

For a time, I was fascinated and bought into all of the hype about the Black Party. Even tried to become a performer during my time as a gay porn actor. But now that I am older and wiser, I see The Black Party for what it really is --- a den showplace for prostitutes, which is by no means cute. I am, and probably always will be PRO-exhibitionism. I will never be pro-prostitution. And most, if not all of the performers for The Black Party are prostitutes.

The reason why I am against prostitution is because there is an emotional and mental disconnect in it. And that disconnect is what paves the way for the rampant drug use that The Black Party and most circuit parties are known for. That drug use and praise of prostitution is also why the gay community is so overwrought with emotional cripples. Our community needs something that celebrates sexuality, and uses more POSITIVE role models to do it. And using doped-up porn actors who are just there for the money is not that positive image to give gay males, young or old, about sexuality. Making them front and center representation does more harm than good.

We also should consider the FACT that every year, there's a story that brings notoriety to The Black Party. The problem is the story is 90+% DRUG-RELATED. To this day, the story that I can't forget, and made me start seeing the Black Party for the mess that it is was the story of how someone defecated on the dancefloor.

I would be all for the Black Party if exhibitionism was its message. But it's not. For the times that I went there, I don't know if it ever was. And that saddens me. Making me feel that my hard-earned money went to lost causes trying to turn a big profit by giving bread crumbs and scabs to a greater cause.