For almost 30 years, the Thanksgiving weekend White Party at Vizcaya in Miami has been the largest annual gay fundraising event in the world to help in the fight against AIDS.
I wore white shoes, white slacks and a white peace cape (naturally). My date wore a super sexy white miniskirt, a white corset, white fishnet stockings, and a white garter belt (naturally). The thousands of other guests came as all-white cowboys, Indians, clowns, dancers, swans unicorns, angels, devils, divas, or sailors (don’t ask, don’t tell). Others came as all white: princes, princesses, cats, dogs, mice and more.
The white cause is the right cause – to eliminate AIDS all around the world – a thought as pure and white as the driven snow (real snow being perhaps the only white thing that can’t be found at the white party in Vizcaya on Thanksgiving weekend).
While the costumes were truly amazing, each individual white outfit seemed insignificant to me. What impressed me was that the group as a whole reminded me of an army of white knights on a noble quest to help the world eliminate the pain and suffering caused by AIDS. It may have seemed as though everyone was just there to have a good time and dance the night away, but each guest gladly made a donation to dine and dance, a donation that has contributed to healing the world year after year.
This night was historic! It was not the final white party ever, but it was the final white party to take place at Vizcaya (costs have become prohibitive at one of the most incredible properties in the world). See you next year, wherever the beautiful white doves of peace and love decide to build their new party nest.
(Photo Credit: Charlotte Libov)
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