Easter and White Party have little in common. With the exception of both holidays revolving around scruffy, half-naked men with chiseled abs famous for being prominently hung, the two celebrations are ideological opposites.
This year's White Party Palm Springs falls on the weekend of March 29, overlapping with Easter. According to Jeffery Sanker, the “high priest of gay nightlife” and mastermind behind the White Party franchise, the occasion emphasizes less of the sacred and more limit-pushing.
"This year, we are doing everything to the extreme in terms of décor, sound, lighting and staging," says Sanker. "We’re going over the top to really create a total sensory experience."
This experience is fueled by the high-caliber musical talent that graces White Party Palm Springs’ stages every year. Keeping with 2013's extreme theme, Sanker promises the weekend will flaunt the biggest international lineup of DJs ever assembled, including Ryan Kenney, DJ Pornstar, Danny Verde and Peter Rauhofer. "I’m always excited to hear all of them," beams the nightlife hierophant. "This year I’m really looking forward to Danny Verdi’s set. I’m so excited to hear his European sound."
The big names don't stop with the musical talent. Real Housewife of Miami Adriana De Moura is slated to reign as Queen of White Party 2013. She will be accompanied by Amazing Race runner-up and Chippendales star Jaymes Vaughan, who will be serving as the very first White Party Ambassador.
"The White Party Ambassador not only represents the event itself in terms of interviews, visibility and awareness. He is also chosen because he is a role model for our community in general and a real ‘Renaissance Man,’” Sanker explains. "Jaymes embodies those qualities perfectly. He’s also a really great, friendly, approachable guy!"
The White Party Palm Springs royal court is rounded out by the sassy puppet Madame, who assumes the mantle Dame of White Party 2013. For those who were zygotes during her heyday, Madame was the partner of notable puppeteer Wayland Flowers. To Sanker, the tart-tongued Madame fits White Party like a glove.
"White Party is known for its divas, both onstage and on the dance floor. Madame is the ultimate diva, so she’s a perfect fit. She’s also very funny and never afraid to speak her mind. This is a great chance to introduce a whole new generation of young gay men to her sassiness as she embarks upon her comeback. She will make a great co-host on the White Carpet for arrivals. You won’t be able to miss her—she’ll be perched atop the White Carpet bar, offering her banter and commentary alongside Jaymes and Adriana."
Other notable entertainers featured this year include Scissor Sisters' Ana Matronic, Alexis Jordan, Carmen Electra and L.A.’s favorite gender-bending bitches—Willam, Detox and Vicky Vox. All these elements crescendo not just towards this year's extreme weekend, but ultimately to White Party Palm Springs’ silver anniversary next year.
"We are making everything extra big and bold. We’re adding more entertainment elements that will make performances even more interactive with the crowd. And as a bit of foreshadowing of things to come for next year, our 25th anniversary, White Party Palm Springs will permanently move away from Easter weekend where it is this year to the last weekend of April."
FRIDAY, MARCH 29
Splash Pool Party
The weekend heats up at the Renaissance Hotel for the weekend's first pool party, featuring music from DJ Ryan Kenney.
Bulge Underwear Party
Sponsored by Andrew Christian, with music from Dave & Gerardo and Dani Toro.
SATURDAY, MARCH 30
Splash Pool Party
The largest pool party in the desert continues at the Renaissance. Presented by Flex Spa, and featuring music from DJ Pornstar and DJ Grind. VIP cabanas available.
White Party Extreme 2013 Main Event
Don your whitest apparel and hit up this signature Saturday night event at the Palm Springs Convention Center, featuring performances by Sean O’Grady, Danny Verde and Peter Rauhofer.
Climax After Hours
Ride the momentum of White Party with sets by Paulo and Jackinsky.
SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Sunday Pool Party
Sunday Funday at the Renaissance Hotel with DJs Andy Almighty and Casey Alva.
Sunday T Dance
The largest outdoor dance party in the world features music from DJ Manny Lehman and DJ Wayne G.
Closing Party: Supersized
DJ Tony Moran and DJ Rosabel join forces to spin for the last shout of the weekend.