The Black Party returned to New York City on Saturday, April 21, for its 39th installment, and it was legendary. Drawing around 5,000 attendees annually, Black Party 2018 creative director Gio Black Peter told Hornet, “It’s one of the few remaining events that survived Giuliani’s disgusting and biased attack on NYC nightlife in the ’90s.”
Phones or cameras aren’t allowed, except our photographer Wilsonmodels was given access to capture the legendary evening for everyone’s enjoyment.
Peter describes the Black Party as “Westworld without the violence … or Disneyland for big boys.” This year’s theme was “Pigtopia: I Want to Break Free,” a night in which one can escape the monotony of everyday existence and release their inner beast, he says.
Black Party 2018 was held at a new venue this year, a giant warehouse in Sunset Park, Brooklyn that once served as a submarine factory and now consists of 30,000 square feet of empty warehouse space with very high ceilings. According to Peter, Black Party organizers got to design and build the warehouse’s interior space with their own sound, lighting, dance floor and piggy installations so “guests can live out their fantasies.”
“Black Party celebrates and promotes what New York City is best known for: Freedom to express one’s self,” Peter told us. “We love you and want you whether you’re a ‘freak’ or a ‘clean-cut jock bro’ or a ‘daddy bear’ or a ‘freaky jocky twink daddy trans bear’ — and we definitely love you if you are a pig! Diversity is what makes NYC the legendary city it is.”
But what happens at the Black Party stays at the Black Party, allowing for the utmost intimacy between its partygoers. Take a look at what our photographer captured during the big party.