Dallas Gay Super Bowl XLV Already set to shatter attendance records, Super Bowl XLV at Cowboy Stadium in Arlington, Texas, just outside of Dallas, is bringing novelty to the over 100,000 superfans: a first-ever LGBT sports-themed street fair, plus a separate three-day circuit-esque party. Gay sports fans, this one’s for you.

The Cedar Springs Super Street Party (ShopCedarSprings.com) kicks off Saturday, February 5 on “The Strip” in Oaklawn, the city’s gay neighborhood and bar epicenter. A pedestrian-only affair with plenty of Bud Light on tap (they’re a sponsor), there will be live entertainment by Chaz Marie and the Band, DJ sets, food vendors, games, and an appearance by hunk-a-riffic swimmer Michael Holtz, named “Gay Athlete of the Year” by Compete Magazine. Bars will be open as well, so don’t miss your chance to two-step with a cowboy at the Round-Up Saloon, a sprawling, clean and friendly country-western joint with a massive dance floor and one of the most fun times I’ve ever had at a gay bar. Entry is free. 7pm–1am.


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For a more party-party atmosphere – think over 7,000 people in a giant tent-enclosed space plus 5,000-sq-ft dance floor – grab tickets to XLV Party, a three-night blowout at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas’ historic Fair Park. A red carpet entrance and glam focus promise some celeb attendance. (Video preview, below.)


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Thursday, February 3 kicks off real gay with DJ sets by Hector Fonseca, dragsters Lady Bunny and NYC’s Cazwell, plus performances by Lena Katina (one half of the faux-lesbian Russian duo t.A.T.u) and The Village People. Yes, those Village People. Proceeds from the night benefit AIDS-organization DIFFA Dallas. Expect a more straight-mixed crowd on Friday and Saturday with DJ sets by electro-pop maestros Passion Pit and Duran Duran’s Roger Taylor, plus live dance-hall reggae rock rhythms of Sublime with Rome and official Beastie Boys cover band Rhymin & Stealin. Tickets are $120 general admission till February 2 ($225 at the door), with VIP add-ons (like drink tickets) and table/bottle service available. Visit XLVParty.com for more info and to book.

Get the official scoop on Super Bowl XLV for tickets and last-minute packages at NorthTexasSuperBowl.com or visit Dallas’ excellent gay microsite, GLBTDallas.com. For general trip-planning info check out our Dallas Travel Guide.

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