It is the month of March again on Miami Beach…
You start to notice that Miami Beach is getting flooded with beefed-up muscle guys walking around in groups. No, it is not a bodybuilder convention in Miami. These well-groomed men with perfect bodies, boys who are every girl’s dream, are walking around holding hands... Even though it is nothing unusual for locals, we see it every day and it is as normal as seeing half-naked girls, with only bottoms on, strolling up and down the beach, but for some tourist who are not as familiar with the Miami Beach culture it could come as a bit of a shocker. But little did they know they were in for a bit of a treat. Yes, that is right – it is March in Miami Beach and it means that the Winter Party Festival is back in town.
For those who are not familiar with the Winter Party Festival, here is a briefing. The festival has been around since 1994. Its founders, back then, decided to kick up their heels and invite the LGBTQ community to party on the sands of South Beach. Now, more than 20 years later, that one-night event turned into an iconic six-day celebration of people. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are from, or what your beliefs are; when the Winter Party Festival in town that only means one thing: it is time to party.
It’s a celebration of all people from all over the globe from all types of backgrounds. The festival brings everyone together to learn, share, live, love, laugh, and believe in harmony (and to dance, of course).
This annual event is attended by over 12,500 guests from around the world. During those six days there are a number of events that take place throughout different hotels, clubs, and bars on Miami Beach, but one of the main events is the Beach Party, which was sponsored by the Bacardi Company. The Beach Party was set right on the beach itself between 15th and 17th streets on South Beach. This portion of the beach was turned into a nightclub scene right on the sand with a huge area for a stage, a dance floor, and multiple VIP lounges.
Of course SFL Style crew could not miss such a big event, so we attended the Beach Party, which was on Sunday, March 6th. The guests started to arrive at around 1 p.m., and by 3 p.m. the place was packed with guys who only wore tiny Speedos and sported awesome six-pack abs. It felt as if you were on a scene of the 300 movie, where everyone looked like a Sparta warrior.
We have to give our thumbs up to the DJ. DJ Dan Slater was doing an awesome job “spinning those tables” and keeping everyone on their feet. The music, the dancing, the smiling guests, and the atmosphere itself – all created a sensation of happiness. You could feel it in the air. It was truly a celebration of love and happiness. The party continued through the night.
Even though the Winter Party Festival is now over, the unforgettable memories of the unique celebration of people will always stay with those who attended such an incredible, full-of-life, and full-of-happiness gathering.