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A Blue Rave, During the Day

On Saturday November 3, I took a two-and-a-half-hour drive to Orlando from south Florida for a party called ‘Blue Rave, Day Rave.’ People to whom I told my plans thought I was loopy. Even my own mother remarked “you really want to drive that far for a party?” However, what they didn’t understand is this: the Rave is not just a party; it’s an experience.
A little backstory. Blue Rave, Day Rave is an all-inclusive Jamaican dance party held annually in Orlando, complete with top-shelf liquor and catered foods and desserts. Can’t beat that for $50.
This year’s venue was odd, to say the least: a junkyard that had been spruced up with neon displays and decorations. But it worked. There’s a saying that Jamaicans can’t arrive anywhere on time. I am here to testify: true. The party started at 6 p.m., yes, but when I arrived at 8 p.m., there was barely any one there! A two-hour drive for a dead party?! But, boy, was I wrong. By about 9:30 p.m., people were pouring in like Red Stripe in a tall glass! Some were dressed in heels and designer clothing, others in active wear. Yet, the vibe was cool. The guest selector, DJ National, knew just what to play to get the crowd singing and dancing, while New York-based comedian and dancehall artist Noah Powa, the MC, kept the energy alive. What added to the night’s hot, hot, hot aura? Free drinks, steadily flowing! I didn’t want to leave! It was a night to remember and worth the drive.

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