There are parties, and then there’s the Black Party. These photos have blown our mind!

Celebrating its 40th anniversary, RitesXL: The Black Party took place last weekend April 6th – 7th in New York City.
Produced by The Saint at Large organization, The Black Party is considered the father of all large gay circuit events and remains unchallenged as the forbearer in an ever-changing NYC nightlife environment.
It’s an unapologetically, sexually-propelled LGBTQ+ phenomenon with a religious-like following.

All hail the Emperor Caligula

This year’s theme, “Caligula (The Last Party),” transported party-goers into a darkly decadent world of indulgent rituals and exotic, erotic arena performances.
We spoke to one of the sexiest men on the planet, Sex Artist, Provacateur and Black Party Producer and Director, Nick Sterling.

Danny Polaris: Nick, we’ve seen the photos but we want to know more. What were the Strange Live Acts?
Nick Sterling: The Strange Live Acts this year included a Hazing & Initiation Orgy: heads were shaved, holes were wrecked, boys fucked and got fucked hard, deep, and long. It was one of the hottest things I’ve seen in a while.
We had an un-anchored free-standing full contact hardcore whipping scene with single tails and bullwhips, executed by our Master Whipsman and longtime Friend and Patron of the Party.

“Roman Fisting Pit”

We had a recessed stage and created a Fisting Pit seven men strong. This was an act that went on over the better part of an hour.

It was lit with old timey hot running Fresno lights (a kind of lighting porn directors used before LEDs), it was really the kind of thing that you don’t see every day, which is what we strive for…

Unexpected and extraordinary spectacle… We definitely hit the mark there. Hot!

We had a Flying Double Crucifixion, where we taped two very fuckable boys onto an enormous nine-foot tall welded steel crosses. After we had one boy taped securely to each side of the beast, we raised it up and suspended it in the air as it slowly turned around…

This act as well as the final act were my original contributions to the party and I’m incredibly proud and grateful to have had the chance to see them brought to life in front of me.

Live Gay Sex Orgy

And finally, the specters of the long dead Roman Senate rose up and closed in on Caligula – who was slowly being driven to madness by a Dark Dionysus above – then baptized him in blood, and proceeded to have a blood orgy on top of his nearly lifeless blood-soaked corpse.

I had the absolute time of my life playing Caligula in this last scene, rolling around on stage covered in blood.

This scene was the culmination of the last 11 years of experience, growth, and confidence all converging together in sheer and literal ecstasy.

It brought me right back to my first Dangerous Black Party for Boys, eleven years ago, where I was baptized in blood for the first time, and where my life became irrevocably enchanted by the party and its dark sexy magic.

DP: Well, after all that, I’m not sure if there’s any need to ask this! But here goes… What was the craziest thing that you saw happening at the party?

NS: The craziest thing I saw happen? It’s hard to say, I missed a lot being always on the move, but watching the initiation scene go full orgy was wild and awesome, stunning guys, big dicks, hot holes.

That, and the fisting pit. And definitely the double-crucifixion. Hard to pick.

DP: Who was DJing and what kind of music vibe did the party have?
NS: For this I defer to Black Party

producer, Stephen Pevner, who said:
In keeping with the gay underground warehouse experience, we booked some of our favorite techno DJ’s who perform internationally, each of whom have played the Black Party in previous years.
We craft the night’s music as an 18+ hour journey that celebrates the transition from Winter to Spring, from darkness to light.

The music peaks with a deep, dark, driving intensity that’s pitch perfect to stimulate masculine sexual energy, builds to more soulful house music and finishes with classic disco reminiscent of the Saint nightclub from which the Black Party emanated and that undoubtedly that brings out the grooviest dancers in New York.

All-in-all, it’s a marathon that designed for hardcore professional partiers.

DP: Would you like to spend some time in Ancient Rome?

NS: I would love to visit Ancient Rome, though I doubt as a mortal I would survive it very long.
That’s the real excitement of the thing though, isn’t it? Being in a place so wild and dangerous that death could literally be around any corner at any moment?

I cannot imagine the rush, the spike of adrenalin, to live so energized, to feel so alive, if only briefly, and to discover what wild and debaucherous secrets the city had to share.

At least in my fantasy.

DP: What was the vibe like on the dance floor / in the dark room?
NS: I was pretty busy running around the party making sure the acts got on stage, but I personally loved the energy of the party through the busiest part of the night.

The guys were hot and in a great mood, a ton of people dressed up, the music was great, the temple and the stage we created worked really well.

It was an amazing night to be in Ancient Rome.

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