Club Skirts Dinah Shore Weekend Turns 25
It’s a wrap. The Dinah officially turned 25!
Yet more than having a big birthday and marking another one for the books, The Dinah 2015 cemented its place in LGBT history.
The vision that Mariah Hanson imagined a quarter century ago far surpassed her expectations. For little did she know that her Dinah would become her enduring legacy to both the city of Palm Springs and the entire LGBT community.
Thousands of women from all over the world gathered in Palm Springs over Easter weekend to come celebrate the 25th Anniversary – and celebrate, they did! The Dinah 2015 was beyond epic and undoubtedly filled with memorable events and magical moments all dedicated to honor the real Dinah…Hanson.
Pop superstar Meghan Trainor headlined the Black Party on Saturday and was certainly not just all about The Dinah, but very much all about that Mariah, too!
“She is the reason you are all here having the time of your life,” declared Trainor as she graciously invited Hanson to join her on stage to crown her queen in front of a screaming sold-out crowd. Lips were moving, booties were shaking and fingers were snapping pictures as the pop sensation took a selfie before shimmying on stage with the newly appointed royal.Mariah Hanson and Meghan Trainor at The Dinah 2015/ILDK Media
The symbolic crowning came on the heels of a series of recognition prizes and awards by city officials and LGBT organizations for her commitment to her craft – including the prestigious Legacy Award bestowed upon her by the NCLR alongside Lilly Tomlin a short few hours before Trainor’s homage.
Continuing to cement its reputation as an industry star-maker, this year’s Dinah delivered a mind-blowing slate of performers.
From award-winning Christina Perri to cutting-edge artists Bebe Rexha, Olivia Sommerlyn, Holy Child; to old-school disco icons Crystal Waters and Royce Rose, these series of high-energy concerts were all phenomenally spectacular leaving Dinah audiences in complete awe.Mariah Hanson and Christina Perri at The Dinah 2015/ILDK Media
Once again Hanson raised her own bar with a stellar lineup that included a few awesome surprises – among which was new “It” girl Ivy Levan.
There is indeed something liberating about the Dinah that is extremely infectious and contagious and rises up from the crowd to the performers onstage who just can get enough.
“I’m having so much fun with you guys,” exclaimed Trainor, “Love who you love and forget the rest.”
Sure, The Dinah is known for its monumental pool parties, stunning women, hottest DJs, and dancers, not to mention celebrity sightings and terrific concerts by international Top 10 Billboard hit makers, but there’s more to the event than meets the eye.The Dinah 2015/ILDK Media The Dinah 2015/ILDK Media The Dinah 2015/ILDK Media
The real gem to be found at the Dinah are the customers who travel from all over the world to take over Palm Springs and impart a sense of belonging and complete normalcy. The Dinah is a freeing and life changing experience for all these lesbians. It is difficult for some of us to fathom the idea that our lifestyle is not the same for a majority of others, but rather the exception. Once a year The Dinah makes that dream come true.