Winter Party Festival® 2015 in Miami Beach, FL

Author: 
Paul Rubio
Curator: 
Alexander Northman

WINTER PARTY 2015 GUIDE

The countdown to Winter Party Festival® has begun. March 4th, 2015 to March 9th, 2015 marks the start of Miami’s most anticipated LGBT throw down – Winter Party Festival 2015. Over 10,000 international hotties (and I mean HOTTIES) will gather for an extended weekend of mayhem, hook-ups, and standing, posing, dancing, drinking and living out quintessential South Beach hedonism. Best of all, this circuit scene is a party with a cause, with ticket proceeds benefiting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (read between the lines – tickets are tax deductible).

As per usual, several rotating local venues downtown and on the beach will transform ordinary spaces into late night party palladiums for Winter Party. The Shelborne Wyndham Grand South Beach will welcome guests as the 2015 Winter Party Festival host hotel and the Sunday Beach Party (photos) is one of the “don’t miss” events.

Below is a mini travel guide to help you prepare for the legendary Winter Party. Carpe diem and thank the weather gods for some great South Beach winter sunshine!

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National LGBTQ Task Force Check Presentation at Bacardi Headquarters
National LGBTQ Task Force hosted a Check Presentation Party at the Bacardi Headquarters in Miami, FL. They presented the Miami Foundation a check for $262,769 from the 2015 Winter Party Festival.
2015 Winter Party's WE Party at Mansion
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's WE Party at Mansion Nightclub on Miami Beach, FL featured DJ Alyson Calagna and DJ Micky Friedman.
2015 Winter Party's Illuminate Block Party at Palace
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Illuminate Block Party at Palace Bar on Miami Beach, FL featured a block party filled with hotties, DJ Josh Whitaker and DJ Deanne, and plenty of fun all around.
2015 Women's Winter Party's Industry Party at Cafeina
NGLTF's Women's Winter Party Festival's Industry Party at Cafeina in Wynwood featured DJ Crush, Go-Go Girls, and of course plenty of the hot ladies.
2015 Winter Party's Energy Party at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Energy Party at Score Nightclub on Miami Beach, FL featured DJ Alian Jackinsky and DJ Isaac Escalante upstairs and DJ Erez Ben Ishay downstairs.
2015 Women's Winter Party's Pa'ella Party at Hush Bar & Lounge
NGLTF's Women's Winter Party Festival's Pa'Ella Party at Hush Bar & Lounge on Miami Beach, FL. This official Latin Women's event featured Leslie Cartaya and her band performing live, Hostess Pussilla, and DJ Inaia with Latin rhythms and Latin House all night long.
2015 NGLTF Winter Party's VIP Party
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's VIP Cocktail Party on Miami Beach, FL featured the Sponsors and major donors to The Task Force, DJ Maximus 3000 and honored Bacardi's Joe Plana.
2015 Winter Party's Sweat Party at Hunters Nightclub
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Sweat Leather Party at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, FL featured DJ Ted Eiel spinning all night with hot guys in leather gear.
2015 Winter Party's Under Elevate Pool Party at the Hotel Victor
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Elevate Pool Party at Hotel Victor on Miami Beach, FL featured DJ Carlos Rojas and DJ Jalil Z and plenty of fun all around.
2015 Women's Winter Party's ArtScape Party at The Miami Beach Botanical Garden
NGLTF' Women's Winter Party Festival's ArtScape Party at the Miami Beach Botanical Garden in Miami, FL featured the hottest art by local artists and a guest appearance by NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey.
2015 NGLTF Winter Party Festival Spark Party at Gale Hotel
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival held their Spark Party at The Gale Hotel on Miami Beach, FL. This Kick Off Party was held on the Gale rooftop and featured speeches from Winter Party Festival Chair Justin Bell and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine who welcomed Winter Party to the city.
2015 NGLTF Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach, FL featured hot bodies, great views of the ocean, and plenty of fun all around.
2015 Winter Party's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of sun-kissed hotties and DJ Brett Henrichsen spinning all afternoon.
2015 Winter Party's Pulse Party at Space in Miami
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Pulse Party at Space Nightclub in Miami, FL featured DJ Ralphi Rosario and DJ Able on the Terrace as well as DJ Nina Flowers and DJ Power Infiniti in the Basement.
2015 Winter Party's Ignite Party at Cameo
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Cameo on Miami Beach, FL featured DJ Dan Slater from Australia and DJ Dani Toro from Barcelona.
National LGBTQ Task Force Events
National LGBTQ Task Force held an event in Fort Lauderdale, FL. The event was to bring awareness to their cause and their new directions.
NGLTF Party at Bacardi Headquarters
NGLTF held a party at the Barcardi Headquarters in Miami, FL. They rolled out the new Winter Party Logo as well as dispersed a check to The Miami Foundation.
Winter Party's Burn Block Party at Palace
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Burn Block Party at Palace in Miami Beach, FL featured a block party filled with hotties, DJ Raffelo, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's WE Party Airlines Boiling Point Party at Mansion
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's WE Party Airlines Boiling Point Party at Mansion in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of hotties, WE resident DJ Isaac Escalante from Mexico, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Pa'Ella in Wynwood
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Pa'Ella Party at TSL Lounge in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ George Ferrero as well as the critically acclaimed Spam Allstars performed, and of course plenty of fun all.
Winter Party's Under One Sun Pool Party at the National Hotel
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Under One Sun Pool Party at the National Hotel on Miami Beach, FL featured tons of sun-kissed hotties, DJ Gustavo Scorpio from Brasil, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Sweat Party at Hunters Nightclub
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Sweat Leather Party at Hunters Nightclub in Wilton Manors, FL featured DJ Ted Eiel spinning all night with hot guys in leather gear.
Winter Party's Flare at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Flare Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Paulo, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Industry Party at City Hall
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Industry Party was held at City Hall Restaurant in Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ Alex Maximus 3000, Go-Go Girls, and of course plenty of fun for all.
Winter Party's Mercury Rising at Space
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Mercury Rising Party at Space in Miami, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Rosabel, a show with Kitty Meow and Power Infiniti, and two packed dancefloors .
Winter Party's VIP Party at The James Royal Palm
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's VIP Cocktail Party at The James Royal Palm Hotel in Miami Beach, FL featured the Sponsors and major donors to The Task Force, DJ AJ Reddy, and an award to Dave Cook for all his hard work and dedicated service.
NGLTF 2014 Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach, FL featured international hotties, DJ Danny Verde & DJ Grind, and plenty of sun and fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite Party at Cameo
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Cameo in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Eddie Martinez and DJ Joe Gauthreaux, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's ArtScape Party at The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's ArtScape Party at the Miami Beach Botanical Gardens in Miami, FL featured the hotest art by local artists, DJ LaTrice, and a guest appearance by NGLTF Executive Director Rea Carey.
NGLTF Winter Party Festival Spark Party at Gale Hotel
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival held their Spark Party at The Gale Hotel on Miami Beach, FL. This Kick Off Party was held on the Gale rooftop and featured speeches from Winter Party Festival Chair Victor Diaz-Herman and Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine.
NGLTF Celebrates 40 Years
NGLTF celebrated 40 years with a party in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Executive Director Rea Carey was in attendance as well as a host of important people from around Southern Florida to give their support.
Winter Party's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Under One Sun Pool Party at The Shelborne in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of sun-kissed hotties, DJ Rafael Calvente from Brazil, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Boiling Point Party at Mansion
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Boiling Point Party at Mansion in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of hotties, WE resident DJ Manuel de Diego direct from Madrid, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Industry Party at Safi
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Industry Party at Safi in Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ La Trice, Go-Go Girls, and of course plenty of fun for all.
Winter Party's VIP Party at The Gale
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's VIP Cocktail Party at The Gale Hotel in Miami Beach, FL featured the Sponsors and major donors to The Task Force, DJ AJ Reddy, and awards for appreciation.
Winter Party's Flare at Grand Central
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Flare Party at Grand Central in Miami, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Alyson Calagna and DJ Phil Romano, and plenty of fun all around.
NGLTF 2013 Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival on Miami Beach, FL featured international hotties, DJs Brett Henrichsen & Joe Gauthreaux, and plenty of fun all around.
Her Winter Party's Pa'Ella in Wynwood
NGLTF's Her Winter Party Festival's Pa'Ella Party at TSL Lounge in the Wynwood Art District of Miami, FL featured the hotest ladies, DJ GiGi as well as the critically acclaimed Afro-Cuban Funk band Palo performed, and of course plenty of fun all.
Winter Party's Urge: Mercury Rising at Cameo
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Urge: Mercury Rising Party at Cameo in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ duo Rosabel, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Tony Moran, and plenty of fun all around.
Winter Party's Ignite at Score
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival's Ignite Party at Score in Miami Beach, FL featured tons of international hotties, DJ Tony Moran, and plenty of fun all around.
NGLTF Winter Party Festival
NGLTF's Winter Party Festival Kick Off Party at The Miami Beach Botanical Gardens in Miami Beach, FL featured a bathing suit fashion show by local companies.

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Stonewall National Museum Presents Randy Jones

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Rosie's Infamous Sunday Brunch

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National LGBTQ Task Force Presents Record Donation

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July's Featured Bartender: Eliezer

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The Spirit of Hope Grand Reception

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Tunie's Natural Grocery & Vitamin Market Grand Opening

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Arsht Center Presents "Lookingglass Alice"

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La Noche Events Presents "Hollywood Glam Pool Party"

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Celebrate Orgullo's Cocktail Social Fundraiser

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Village Pub Hosts “Male Revue & Underwear Auction”

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Balance Tampa Bay Hosts Masquerade Ball

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Progress Bar Hosts "Lip Service" Wednesdays

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Key West Sizzles With Tropical Heat

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Hard Rock Live Presents Culture Club

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