Politico: Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco

Politico: Interior Department chief of staff being removed from post after indoor party fiasco. “The White House is removing the Interior Department’s chief of staff, Jennifer Van der Heide, who recently planned a 50-person indoor party at the agency that the White House ordered canceled, and is moving her to a senior counselor job at the agency, according to two Biden administration officials.”

Daily Beast: Sex Parties Are Back. Vaccines Are Optional.

Daily Beast: Sex Parties Are Back. Vaccines Are Optional. “Welcome aboard the Cancun Boobs Cruise, an adults-only party where nudity is encouraged and topless women dance to club remixes. It’s not a sex party exactly, though some swingers do attend to meet like-minded couples. As the catamaran cuts through the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean Sea, people are ready to forget about the pandemic for a few hours. Guests aren’t required to wear masks (but staff do), which makes it easy to relax and unwind. But then, one moment brings everyone back to reality: the daily clap for essential workers who are vacationing on board. Consider it the X-rated version of New York City’s famous 7 p.m. applause.”

New York Times: We Were Born to Be Kissed in the Dark

New York Times: We Were Born to Be Kissed in the Dark. “Let us recite an irreverent prayer for the club, the disco, the spot. For the battleground of our unleashing, the church of our weekly baptisms of the bitter week, the tent show revival of our rapture. Let us bow our heads and say “Remember when …” as if we are as old as Methuselah, as if we’ve seen all the world wars and we know the taste of tombstones. Remember when we danced?”

Boing Boing: Scientists open arena for dance party to study COVID-19 exposure risk

Boing Boing: Scientists open arena for dance party to study COVID-19 exposure risk. “Pent-up clubgoers descended on Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome on Sturday for a dance party enabling scientists to study how large events could be held as COVID-19 begins to subside. Around 1,300 people—all who tested negative for COVID-19—hit the dancefloor wearing electronic tags to track their interactions.”

Daily Beast: Out-of-Control College Party in Colorado Met by SWAT Team, Tear Gas

Daily Beast: Out-of-Control College Party in Colorado Met by SWAT Team, Tear Gas. “On Saturday, students at the University of Colorado, Boulder, fought for their right to party. Literally. The university and the city’s police department are investigating after hundreds of maskless students showed up to a mid-pandemic rager-turned-riot in the city’s University Hill neighborhood on Saturday night, injuring three SWAT responders and damaging city and private property, authorities said Sunday.”

Good Housekeeping: 7 Virtual Mardi Gras Events That’ll Bring the Party to Your House

Good Housekeeping: 7 Virtual Mardi Gras Events That’ll Bring the Party to Your House. “Back in November, New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell confirmed that Mardi Gras 2021 is ‘not canceled, just different.’ In fact, she clarified that Mardi Gras is ‘a religious holiday and in no way will it be canceled in our city.’ She’s right: While many of the public events that draw massive crowds have been called off due to health and safety concerns, there are so many virtual Mardi Gras events taking place, so those who celebrate can enjoy the holiday festivities while adhering to social distancing guidelines. Take a look at these virtual events, all of which are taking place in the first two weeks of February, to find fun ways to bring the party and incredible spirit of New Orleans to your home.”

Boing Boing: Mardi Gras spirit perseveres with “Yardi Gras” house floats

Boing Boing: Mardi Gras spirit perseveres with “Yardi Gras” house floats. “Although COVID-19 has grounded the traditional Mardi Gras parades and celebrations this year, New Orleans will always find a way to party (albeit with less titties and barfing in the streets). Artists are transforming houses across the city into ‘stationary floats’. The idea started as a joke on social media and has grown into a citywide phenomenon. Participating neighbors plan to play music and/or throw beads to passers-by from their front porches or yards, all while safely social distancing.”

Only On CBS2: Illegal Parties Continue To Rage Across NYC In Violation Of COVID-19 Restrictions (WLNY)

WLNY: Only On CBS2: Illegal Parties Continue To Rage Across NYC In Violation Of COVID-19 Restrictions. “For months, we have been told to avoid large gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19, but there have been dozens of illegal parties across New York City since the start of the pandemic. Video posted to Instagram shows more than 100 people in Queens jammed together, dancing and drinking with no masks in sight.”