“Like its original namesake in Coney Island, Berlin’s Luna Park has long been abandoned. The only visitors to what was once Europe’s largest amusement park are the punks, drug addicts groups of teenagers out for a cheap thrill that constitute the disaffected street people, the detritus left over from the former East Berlin.
The Berlin Wall might have come down, but the abandoned rides and forlorn midway stand as a decaying symbol of the stark contrast between West and East. Closed once by the Nazis and again in 2001, Luna Park also provides the perfect theme for the Black Party, the annual mega-dance party to be held March 23 and 24 at New York’s Roseland Ballroom.
I confess that some of the recent themes either went over my head (NASCAR and advertising) or seemed too esoteric (1930s Buenos Aires). But for Rites XXXIV, the Saint at Large got it exactly right. “Rough Trade at Luna Park” refers specifically to yet-another shuttered park of that name, this one in Rome, and the party will borrow heavily from the surrealist films of Italian auteur Frederico Fellini. ”