Splash Days Gay Circuit Party in Austin, TX

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The Mark's List Gang
Splash Days in Austin Texas are the Lone Star state's answer to the Gay and Lesbian question: "What should I do this Labor Day weekend?"

This year the Splash Days party barge will be docked at Hippie Hollow, well known for its nude sunbathers, and will be providing free drinks. You will need a wrist band from either Rain, Oil Can Harry's, Rusty Spurs, or Splash Days Will Call (at Rain) to receive the free drinks. There will be no entry onto the boat, but you are welcome to swim or raft up to the boat to get your free drinks.

The weekend is about much more than just free drinks at Hippie Hollow. DJ Roland Belmares spins along with the sexy DJ Seth Cooper and Randy Bettis. Tickets are available online (using the link on teh right column) and at bars in Austin including Oil Can Harry's and Rusty's

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