The Black Party in NYC

Here's what you need to know for the first edition of the iconic party since the shuttering of its longtime home, Roseland Ballroom

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The Black Party

Polish your leather and hit the gym: It’s almost time for the Black Party, that annual celebration of all things kinky, which draws some 5,000 revelers from the city and beyond. After more than two decades at Roseland Ballroom, which closed in 2014, Black Party producer the Saint at Large was stuck with the task of finding a new NYC venue that could handle the massive bacchanal. Turns out the BP will going the way of so much New York nightlife: to a warehouse—in Brooklyn! The location (along with special transportation information) will be disclosed to ticket holders about a week before the event. While it's a big change for this very long-running annual event to hop the river, there's no doubt the Black Party's devoted fans will follow it wherever it goes. After all, it just wouldn’t be springtime in New York without it. Stay tuned for announcements about this year's theme, DJs and other event details as they unfold.

When is the Black Party?

The Black Party begins at 10 PM on Saturday, March 21, 2015, and continues until Sunday afternoon March 22.

Where is the Black Party?

This year's Black Party will be at a warehouse space in Brooklyn. Details will be provided to ticket holders about a week before the event. Tickets can be purchased at blackpartyexpo.com/tickets.

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Comments

4 comments
Blu S
Blu S

Ha. I love the emphasis on the "NYC" venue. Brooklyn is Brooklyn. Sure a borough of New York City. But it is NOT New York. Why try to make people swallow a sugar coated pill?

The Black Party will be in Brooklyn. As simple as that.

I am sure it can be an awesome party and time will tell if it was or not.

But it is Brooklyn. Brooklyn, Brooklyn, Brooklyn. Accept it, deal with it. Don't try to hide it.


LeNair X
LeNair X

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.

LeNair X
LeNair X

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.