Olympic athletes train for years for the chance to win the prized gold medal, motivated only by the desire to repurpose it into doubloons that fund lively parties. Dance away your sore muscles with today’s GrouponLive deal: for $45, you get two general-admission tickets (a $70 value, including HST) and two Fast Track passes (a $22.40 value, including HST) to the Outgames Anthem Party at the Plaza of Nations on Sunday, July 31, from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (a $92.40 total value). The Fast Track pass can be redeemed in advance of the Anthem Party and expires at the end of the Outgames.
After marching in the Vancouver Pride Parade, athletes of this year’s seminal North American Outgames dance alongside notable DJs, local dancers, and revellers during the Anthem Party, a daylong lineup of euphoric LGBTQ cultural events. The extravagant proceedings stage an upbeat farewell to a week of thrilling athletic competitions, human-rights workshops, concerts, dance performances, medal presentations, and trust falls. Headliner DJ Abel's sonic landscapes shred the airwaves into pieces of pulsing, speaker-shaped origami, and a nearby beer garden battles the long-held misperception that flowers must be watered with coffee. Other musical acts include R & B vocalist Wynter Gordon, known for writing four danceable tunes for Jennifer Lopez, and DJ and producer Eddie Martinez, an NYC-based beat creator who impresses audiences with his record and basketball spinning.
Fast Track passes whisk guests to the fronts of lines and score prime stage-side positioning for events such as the closing party on July 30 with synth-pop trio Dragonette and Swedish superstars Ace of Base. Admission to the closing party is $45 each and is not included with this Groupon. The outdoor waterfront at the Plaza of Nations provides a pleasing backdrop to the vibrant spectacle, which ends with a poignant closing ceremony to recognize the triumphs of participating athletes and the LGBTQ community at large.