Metro Weekly

Editor’s Pick: Paula Abdul Headlines The White Party Palm Springs

After the passing of founder Jeffrey Sanker, Chris Diamond has taken the reigns to produce the first White Party since 2019.

White Party -- Photo: Iggy Lopez
White Party – Photo: Iggy Lopez

Heralded as the nation’s largest gay circuit party, the White Party Palm Springs has drawn thousands to the California desert every spring for over three decades.

Developed and produced by Jeffrey Sanker, the weekend of daytime pool parties and nighttime dance events has been a major boost to the local economy in the gay resort mecca as well as a benefit to various local LGBTQ and AIDS-related charities.

It’s arguably most widely known for luring pop divas, including Madonna and Jennifer Lopez, to its Sunday T-Dance, held in a city park.

On a few different occasions over the past dozen years, Sanker helped fuel the rise in popularity of some divas-in-waiting, among them Robyn, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga.

The month of April will draw to a close with the first White Party since 2019 — also sadly, the first since Sanker’s passing last year from liver cancer.

Chris Diamond has taken the mantle as Sanker’s successor and is producing this year’s event.

For the relaunch, Diamond has recruited Paula Abdul to headline the Sunday T-Dance, with the Saturday night party headlined by British starlet RAYE — the voice of recent sassy house-tipped pop jams “You Don’t Know Me” by Jax Jones and “Bed” by David Guetta with Joel Corry.

Diamond has also collaborated with Israel’s Karina Kay on “Eternal,” a new song written in memory of Sanker that Kay will perform at the T-Dance.

Leading the DJ lineup for the weekend’s marathon of parties are Dan Slater, Ben Bakson, Phil Romano, Rick Braile, Joe Gauthreaux, Isis Muretech, and Dani Brasil.

A slew of additional performers are on tap for the weekend, ranging from an international posse of buff go-go Dancers to yoga sessions led by licensed Yogi Master Francisco Ramos to an Andrew Christian Fashion Show.

White Party -- Photo: Iggy Lopez
White Party – Photo: Iggy Lopez

The party officially begins Friday, April 29 and runs through Sunday, May 1 at the Palm Springs Convention Center at the Renaissance Hotel, 277 N Avenida Caballeros, Palm Springs, Calif.

A variety of tickets and passes are still available, with the main Weekend Pass priced at $395 plus fees. Call 760-325-6611 or visit

Support Metro Weekly’s Journalism

These are challenging times for news organizations. And yet it’s crucial we stay active and provide vital resources and information to both our local readers and the world. So won’t you please take a moment and consider supporting Metro Weekly with a membership? For as little as $5 a month, you can help ensure Metro Weekly magazine and remain free, viable resources as we provide the best, most diverse, culturally-resonant LGBTQ coverage in both the D.C. region and around the world. Memberships come with exclusive perks and discounts, your own personal digital delivery of each week’s magazine (and an archive), access to our Member's Lounge when it launches this fall, and exclusive members-only items like Metro Weekly Membership Mugs and Tote Bags! Check out all our membership levels here and please join us today!