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A Summer Tradition, Pines Party 2012
Now in its 14th year, Pines Party on Fire Island has mixed revelry, fantasy and fundraising at an annual night-long celebration of dancing and entertainment on the Fire Island beach that has grown into a world-famous destination. Part of a legacy that stands on the shoulders of Beach '79 and 16 Morning Parties, Pines Party has returned millions of dollars to the Charitable Foundation and is the red-letter day of the summer tourist season. Pines Party is the premier event of the season and has become a beloved Fire Island and Gay New York tradition. More after the Jump: Pines Party 2012, Fire Island  

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While all of Fire Island may have an official year-round population of 310, the summer population swells to much higher levels especially on weekends. In the Pines, the large houses are filled with summer shares and a 4 bedroom house can easily contain 8 people at a time. The population is primarily gay men 20–50 years old. It is affectionately referred to as "Chelsea with sand." (Chelsea is one of Manhattan's gay neighborhoods.)

Two of the Pines's most famous events are the Pines Party, an all-night dance party held each July on the beach, and the Invasion of the Pines, a drag-queen parade held each year on July 4, commemorating the time when Whyte refused service to a drag queen. After promenading through the Pines, the drag queens from Cherry Grove proclaim victory and return to Cherry Grove.

The forest between it and Cherry Grove has been nicknamed the "meat rack" because of sexual liaisons occurring at all hours in it, with the Village People in the anthem entitled "Fire Island" warning "Don't go in the bushes, someone might grab ya". The Meat Rack is even celebrated each year with a "Mr. Meatrack" contest at the Ice Palace.

After its reputation was ruined by AIDS-related fatalities among its regulars in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Gay Men's Health Crisis began hosting the Morning Party fundraiser on the beach. The party evolved into a major Circuit Party and was GMHC's biggest fundraising event. After GMHC stopped sponsoring the event, the party continued under the name of the Pines Party which is held on the last weekend of July. Proceeds go to  organizations like the Stonewall Community Foundation (which uses the money to help those with HIV) and the Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association Charitable Foundation (which uses the funds to make improvements to the common areas).

The Pines is the setting for "Party in the FIP", a YouTube fan video of the music video for Miley Cyrus' song "Party in the USA".
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Fire Island, NY Gay and Lesbian Bars and nightclubs
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