White Party Palm Springs Moves Date to Halloween

Tuesday April 13, 2021
Originally published on April 12, 2021

White Party Palm Springs, known as the largest U.S. circuit event, has moved its dates for this year's event from September to Halloween. In a statement on the event's website, the party organizer Jeffrey Sanker wrote:

"With the current regulations and restrictions from Riverside County in regards to COVID-19, we have decided to postpone the April White Party to Halloween Weekend 2021 - a new beginning!!! We want to thank our guests for their understanding and being patient with us during these difficult times.

"DJ Lineup and Tickets on sale very soon. Our goal is to bring back a fresh new GRAND White Party Experience, so we are thrilled to introduce an all-new 3 day White Party Halloween Festival.

"Current ticket holders will have their tickets and hotel room reservations automatically transferred to the 2021 WPPS Halloween Festival, Friday, October 29th — Monday, November 1st."

The Advocate reports the event "was reduced to a two-day digital event last April because of the COVID pandemic. Consisting of dances, pool parties, and musical performances from pop stars like Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez, the White Party is not only a cash cow for the Palm Springs area, but also raises money for LGBTQ+ and HIV charities."

In January, Sanker was criticized by many in the media for hosting a "superspreader" New Year's event in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. After local complaints, Sanker moved the event to the nearby town of Nuevo Vallarta, 10 miles away and in a different state with lower COVID restrictions.

"In a text to ticket holders, Sanker's White Party Entertainment Inc told attendees to not reveal the location of the party," reported NBC News Palm Springs. "Nor could they take any photos or videos of the event. The text said the steps were necessary because they "do not want this getting out and causing any issues with the public."

But moving the event did little to lessen its impact on Puerto Vallarta since most of the attendees stayed there. " As a result, beaches were jammed wall to wall mostly with maskless celebrants. One local resident who provided pictures and video to NBC Palm Springs said it was a "superspreader nightmare.'"

But it was, as EMN reported, one event that caught the media's attention when a gay party boat sank with 60 partygoers onboard off the Mexican coast.

"Video posted on social media shows 10 boats rushing to the sinking 'PV Delice' and plucking 57 victims out of the choppy water," added NBC Palm Springs. "Witnesses tell local news outlets that the boat was overcrowded. Passenger Emilio Blanco told Out and About PV, 'It was like the Titantic, it went all down slowly. I think the crew just didn't know how to maneuver the catamaran very well, the sea was not very rough nor was it too windy. We were about to sail back to Puerto Vallarta, but the catamaran barely moved. I saw at least 10 small boats coming to help, I jumped in a private boat whose owners were graceful enough to send their captain help out. It was quite a scary situation!'

The boat sank to the bottom of the bay. There were no reports of injuries."