The 2012 Black Party won’t be your uncle’s Black Party. Nor will it be your older friend’s, or anything like the Black Party you went to two years ago. In fact, “Rites XXXIII,” if producing organization the Saint-at-Large has its way, won’t be like any other party in history.
For decades, men have flocked into New York City from all over the world to celebrate the advent of spring by dancing through the night (and into the afternoon) on the city’s largest dance floor.
This year, once again, the Black Party will be held on the Saturday-into-Sunday closest to the Spring Equinox, March 24-25. And once again it will be held at the gargantuan Midtown Manhattan compound Roseland Ballroom.
But its date and time will be the only similarities to previous years’ events. Stephen Pevner, the impresario behind the party, and his staff at the Saint-at-Large spend a great deal of the year ensuring that the Black Party gives its attendees a memorable time – and this year they’re trying to amp up the party once again. It’s no easy trick, continually re-inventing the most notorious gay gathering in the world.