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The best LGBT parties at Fire Island this summer
As a LGBT vacation staple since the 1960’s, Fire Island is known to host some of the best and most outlandish parties every year. There are tons of shindigs this summer, so we've whittled down the list to eight can't-miss affairs at multiple price points. Warning: You might need to hose yourself down after attending this batch with events ranging from circuit parties to beach gatherings with questionable swimwear choices. RECOMMENDED: Day Trips from NYC Pines Party 2016: PhysicalBYO unicorn floatie when you turn up at this residential pool party. The opening fest for the infamous annual Pines events, helmed by DJs Dawson and Porsche, is expected to be nonstop aquatic fun. (And if you always wanted to rage at one of Fire Island’s infamous Bay Walk houses, now’s your chance.) If the beach views alone don’t put you in the mood, the numerous dudes frolicking around in Speedos will. Better yet, a ticket guarantees an open bar, which may or may not include your very own cabana-boy host. Is it hot in here, or is it just us? 234 Bay Walk (pinesparty.com). Sat 23 1–6pm; $75. Pines Party 2016: XanaduSince the late ’70s, the Pines Party has rocked beaches of the Atlantic, and this year is no exception. As the coup de grâce of all Fire Island blowouts, the Xanadu-themed beach bash is expected to draw in a crowd of more than a thousand. A special VIP-experience tent on the sand turns X-rated after 3am with one-on-one performances guaranteed to give you, er, Pleasure Dome realness. But