Well, well, well...the Winter Party Festival 2009 is finally over. For me, it was alot of partying, catching up with old friends, and unfornately, stating the obvious, less crowds. There were defintiely less people than in years past; a definite product of the staggering economy. The Winter Party also seemed to offer less events and gatherings. It seemed rather scaled back this year as sponsors maybe couldn't afford spending precious dollars for this worthwhile event. Twist was less packed, Ocean Drive filled with the regular mix of tourist and Winter Party goers, but not filled to capacity.
This has me worried. If the Winter Party, which is one of the premier circuit parties of the year couldn't draw a mega crowd, what will the other Prides in 2009 look like. I see smaller crowds, less drinking, and less events at this years' Prides. With Penn Relays, Sizzle, the Winter Music Conference and other events approaching fast, we will have to see. I will keep my fingers crossed, but not hold my breath. Sizzle is currently offering 50% off their room deposit requirement to hold a room at one of its host hotels. A problem in paradise perhaps?? With less people, less crowds, and individuals not spending money, Prides in 2009 will be less than stelluar this year.