Saturday, August 26, 2006

Road Trip 5

"Road Trip" is a once a year party weekend in Asbury Park, NJ. It started as a marketing tool a few years back (five to be exact) to get the gay community into town from New York and Philadelphia. Known for being urban pioneers, they were the first to see the potential in revitalizing this seaside resort. Since then homes have been lovingly restored, gardens planted and restaurants and shops have opened catering to this specific market. During Road Trip events are scheduled all weekend, realtors host open houses and rainbow flags hang everywhere. And one by one Asbury Park wins over yet another heart from Fire Island or Rehoboth Beach. The cheap real estate prices don't hurt either.

Unfortunately the weather reports have been rather discouraging for Road Trip this year. Nevertheless, things started off with a bang Friday night in the form of a fireworks display on the beach. The sky was gloriously illuminated over the Howard Johnson's on the boardwalk. (There are some photos of it below.) It also stayed clear long enough this afternoon for a respectable crowd to gather for the beach volleyball tournament and tonight the Paramount theatre featured a performance by the hilarious Lea DeLaria. Check out for a complete list of events.

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