Pink Banana World at Gay Days Orlando - June 2009
We wanted to update you all on what a wonderful weekend we all had at the recent Gay Days 2009 event held in Orlando recently in June. The weather was mood-setting, stormy and crazy, with lightning and thunder all around. As we all arrived at the event to get set up for the accompanying Gay DaysExpo, with this tumultuous weather, lo and behold the power went out. But turning lemons into lemonade, not only did we all have a great time hanging out poolside waiting for the power to come back on, but the folks putting on Gay Days (thanks Chris and Tommy) arranged for free hot dogs and burgers for everyone waiting. Suffice it to say, hanging out poolside with our friends from Bud Light was one of the highlights of the trip... one never knows where some of the best networking can be had!
Of course, the power came back and the event continued on without a hitch. The Expo itself was a success, as it is every year, since it's one of the key GLBT events held in the US where people truly interact with those of us in the booths. Our fellow "booth mates" included IGLTA, the Grand Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Club Orlando, Instinct Magazine, Centaur Music and a whole host of various GLBT and GLBT-friendly companies choosing this event as one of their top events to attend and exhibit at every year.
The poolside activities went on every day and into the evening, with various DJs entertaining us all along the way. Not only was Bud Light (and the new lemon Bud Light, which was my new favorite) flowing, but poolside our friends Sami and Peter of Pistol Pete Menswear were holding a fun "trade in your swimwear for some Pistol Pete swimwear for free" event which had hot boys going in and out of that poolside suite the entire weekend.
There were so many events going on this weekend it would make your head spin if you tried to attend them all. Between film release parties, lesbian comedians and bear events, there truly was something for everyone. Also partying it up in Orlando was One Mighty Weekend's various events including the House of Blues party on Thursday, the Luau on Friday and the big blowout party they held on Saturday night. Other event highlights of this weekend included the Typhoon Lagoon event, which, just like in years past, had boys frolicking on water slides while dancing the night away late in the wee hours of the evening. For the girls, the Girls in Wonderland event was a huge hit, bringing together some of the hottest lesbians from the US South for a night to remember.
That's it for now, but be sure to check out the photos linked below and stay tuned for upcoming photos from some of the various events we attended this weekend, all going up online and being brought to you here on this blog in the coming days.