Known as winter pride, MLK Weekend has become Atlanta’s second pride celebration. Men feeling the winter bite make the trek from across the country to feel the southern heat. Its not all about the parties, world class nightlife and countless opportunities to meet some of the sexiest men from across the country. MLK Weekend is rooted in the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He displayed his commitment to gay rights by having Bayard Rustin organize the march. For those who don’t know, Mr. Rustin was a pioneer in the civil rights struggle who was openly gay. So it is only fitting for gay men from around the country come out to celebrate. IntheLifeAtl, will host cultural events that weekend while WassupNATL and The Lion’s Den Atlanta will keep you moving and grooving well into the night. We will give you three quick tips that will help you save money including our $69 per night hotel discount code for the Hyatt Place Atlanta Buckhead.
Book Your Hotel Rooms Early
Atlanta in January has many great hotel values. Unfortunately, as the weekend approaches hotels raise their rates to the summer prices in order to get more money to compensate for the loss of business during the winter season. The best way not to fall into this
Take a Friend
The buddy system is one of the most overlooked aspects to any holiday weekend. A friend will help you split the costs of the hotel, club fees and food. This will enable you to have more fun for less.The savings that you enjoy can be used for another trip. Send an email to some of the Yahoo Groups such as Nubian New Yorker or posting on Adam4Adam.com if you would like to find a travel partner. You can let people know that you are just looking for someone that is interested in coming to Atlanta that weekend. Make sure you make it plain that you are not looking for a hook up but someone to split the costs. I know several people that have done this to great success.
Party Like the Locals
Most brothers in Atlanta will tell you what parties they attend. They usually are very loyal to certain promoters. WassupNAtl will have a club hopper pass that will allow you to enjoy all of their festivities for the weekend at a discounted rate. Traxx Atlanta and The Lion’s Den Atlanta will feature a variety of events. If you don’t like crowds then the house party scene will provide an experience second to none. Atlanta has some of the best house parties in the country. They always offer more amenities, cost less then the clubs and have friendly attendees. I visited 3 house parties last year and spent no more than $30. Each party was well stocked with food, drinks and fine brothers. One of the promoters had a dark room! If you want to get invited, make sure you have a picture ready. Hosts require them to make sure they have a good mix of brothers. Keep a cool head if not invited, there are plenty of events to attend. Adam4Adam.com, Hardbuddies.com and BGCLive.com will have listings you can browse. MLK weekend is a great time to make friends and celebrate the advances of our culture. You can do this while saving money.
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