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White Party Festival gets underway in Palm Springs

PALM SPRINGS - White Party, the annual gay dance and music festival, will start in Palm Springs Friday.

White Party weekend starts with a pool party at noon at the Renaissance hotel. Carly Rae Jepsen, Carmen Electra, Alexis Jordan and Ana Matronic of the Scissor Sisters will headline events over the White Party weekend, which runs through Sunday.

Electra and Jepsen -- whose 2012 hit single "Call Me Maybe" put her on the music map -- will appear at the outdoor Sunday T-Dance across from the Palm Springs Convention Center, and Jordan and Ana Matronic will perform at the White Party's signature Saturday night event, "Xtreme," at the convention center. 

All other events will be held at the Renaissance hotel. Other performers include vocalists Meital Dohan and Kwanza Jones, Adriana DeMoura of "Real Housewives of Miami," Albanian vocalist Bleona, singer and YouTube star Laura Michelle, contestants from drag star RuPaul's "Drag Race" show, Swedish pop duo Icona Pop and vocalist K. Rose.

The weekend will end with a fireworks display at the Renaissance.

White Party organizers added a second host hotel, the Palm Springs

Hilton, after the Renaissance sold out.

Past White Party Palm Springs headliners have included Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, KE$HA and Lady Gaga.

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