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SoBe’s Winter Party turns 20

The 'hottest winter in the world'

The Beach Party is one of the many events held during the Winter Party Festival.

Organizers of the “hottest winter in the world” are busy preparing for the 20th anniversary of the Winter Party Festival in South Beach, Florida, which will be held March 6 to 11, 2013.

The new host hotel is the 180-room oceanfront Shelborne South Beach resort, a Menin hotel. “Rooms have dramatic views of the ocean or of the magnetic art-deco skyline, the pool deck is absolutely amazing, and its meeting space will allow us to expand the welcome centre,” says Russell Roybal, deputy executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which produces the Winter Party.

Net proceeds generated from the festival go to projects in South Florida through grants administered by The Miami Foundation, while the remainder supports the Task Force’s efforts throughout the United States. 

Shelborne South Beach offers accommodations that range from standard rooms to two-bedroom poolside townhouses to the über-luxurious 2,500-square-foot penthouse.

The resort will also host the legendary Under One Sun Pool Party on Saturday, March 9, one of more than two dozen events scheduled.  

For event information or to buy passes, visit