Head to Dallas for the Purple Party
One man’s dream of a party that would bring Dallas’ gay community together has blossomed into the Purple Party, one of the Southeast’s major dance events - and one of the largest non-profit, all-volunteer dance fundraisers in the entire country.
Since 2001, the Purple Foundation has taken over the Big D for a spring danceathon that brings revelers from all over the country. This is Texas, y’all, so everything is bigger here: The parties, the venues and the smiles on the dance floor. Dallasites are proud of their big event, and they relish being able to show off their out-and-proud gay community.
"It’s not like any of the other big parties you go to," foundation president Blake Baker told noiZe. "Everybody has a very down-home, very welcoming feeling. We really enjoy all of the people who come from different parts of the country!"
The fun begins on Friday night, May 9, when Ignite sets the town on fire, with one of the most popular DJs on the Circuit. Taking place in one of Dallas’ biggest megaclubs, Ignite has grown exponentially from a cocktail party into a Texas-sized dance party, with more than 1,500 attendees. All those (need we say it?) big men dancing to a state-of-the-art sound and light system need a lot of room - and a lot of time. This party starts early and goes late into the wee hours, so rest up before you head for the man-corral to lasso some stallion of your own.
A pool party in the spring? Yep, in late April/early May, the daytime weather in Dallas usually hovers in the high 70s or low 80s, so bring a bathing suit (purple, of course) for Rise, the Saturday afternoon pool party that takes over one of the major local resort complexes. Complete with a DJ and flaggers, this is the perfect time to cement those friendships begun the night before. Just don’t forget the sunscreen, because the sun’s intensity equals late August.
You’ve got your tan line. Now comes the time to show it off. Be prepared to show some skin at the gargantuan main event. Every year, the Purple Foundation takes over Dallas’ best indoor venue and transforms it into a tribal celebration of music, muscle and men, men, men (plus, of course, our favorite galpals). At least two DJs headline; there are plenty of go-go boys; and don’t be surprised if you look up and see one of the major dance divas belting out a few anthems, as Deborah Cox did a few years back at one main event.
A major party weekend wouldn’t be complete without a recovery tea dance, and Texans are nothing if not obliging. So get ready for one last roundup, at the afternoon-into-evening Revival - aptly named, because you are sure to revive your energy with two top DJs at one of the country’s top rated nightclubs.