As the sun set on the work week and there was an imminent need to unwind, roller skates were strapped on and the disco lovers of Boston descended upon City Hall to blow off some steam at the second annual, “A Celebration of Summer: The Donna Summer Memorial Roller Disco Tribute Party,” which took over City Hall Plaza Friday, June 19th from 6 – 10 pm.
The dance party, which was sponsored by Together Boston and The Mass Cultural Council, was created in part to raise awareness of the efforts to build a permanent Donna Summer Memorial in Dorchester, according to the press release. But, it wasn’t just disco dancing. Yes, there was a mobile dance floor, but there was also a roller skating rink, interactive art, coloured lights, food, live performances, drag queens, retro fashion, crazy wigs, sequins and lots and lots of disco and Donna Summer. For four solid hours the music was thumping, the night was young and the disco never stopped. Judging by the number of people I saw in attendance I think the event was a huge success, and I think that Donna Summer would have thought so as well.
There was a roller rink set up to one side of the dance floor. Event posters, designed by jesignzgraphix, were everywere.
Love the colours! You could rent roller skates but a lot of people brought their own.
“Show off your Hot Stuff!” said the writing on the ground, in front of dance steps.
By 7:00 City hall plaza was pretty packed.
Rollerskates or not people were there to enjoy the music and get down.
As night fell there was only more ambiance
Some ladies got a good Soul Train Line going
The evening brought people together and it was high fives all around for making it down the Soul Train Line.
This girl was on! She was probably one of the most photographed people all night.
Even City Hall looks good, with these lights.
Taking a moment to group snapchat.
Colours, lights and people
Everyone just loved the music
Waiting for the next song.
So many pictures were taken, at all times. But everyone was really fun about it.
Some people wore really great costumes
Joe Caserta stood in for Bosq of Mmmmaven
Clearly, the best hair… Ever.
Caserta, was fantastic and her really seemed to enjoy interacting with the crowd
Donna Summer’s family made an appearance.
The showed the crowd lots of love
and the crowd showed them love back!
There was a guest performer from Philadelphia
Donna Summer’s nephew performed a song before the “Last Dance”
The party was epic, and we had send another shout out to Mayor Walsh for his support.