RICHMOND (CBS 5) – The Exotic Erotic Ball and Expo, a three-decade old annual Bay Area celebration of eroticism often billed by organizers as “The Wildest Party on Earth,” was abruptly canceled for 2010 – just 24 hours before the event was scheduled to be held.

Perry Mann, the creator and long-time host of the event, made the announcement Friday in a post to EEB’s official website. It provided no other details, but said further information would be forthcoming.

A statement issued later Friday by a publicist for the event stated, “The producers cite a drop in ticket sales during the pivotal final days leading up to the event, plus unexpected cost overruns and operational issues as the causes for cancellation.”

Mann had touted what was supposed to be the 31st annual event’s new waterfront location at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond’s Marina District as well as a VIP area aboard he San Francisco Belle ship.

One event contractor told CBS 5 that an estimated 2,000 advance tickets had been sold for Saturday night. The publicist said event organizers would be refunding money to people who purchased tickets.

“The producers would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the contractors and entertainers who worked so hard to try and make this year’s Ball an extraordinary experience,” read the statement from the event’s publicist. “In addition, they deeply regret causing any disappointment to those fans who have enjoyed attending the Ball as a source of entertainment and celebration of personal freedom for the past 30-years.”

The EEB – a bizarre combination of a sexy Halloween party, Burlesque show and fetish display – is traditionally held around Halloween time, usually the weekend before. It was the longest-running public adult-themed event in the world.

The annual indoor event had become a major attraction in the Bay Area and has been attended by nearly half a million people since its inception with steadily increasing growth in attendance each year.

Many attendees of the EEB came to the event in wildly elaborate and creative, sexually-themed costumes to compete in the annual “Best Costume” contest – which typically awards the winner with prize money and merchandise in the $10,000 range.

Due to the worldwide popularity of the event, the City of San Francisco – which hosted the event for many years – issued three proclamations for “Exotic Erotic Ball Day,” twice by then-Mayor Willie Brown in 1999 and 2001 and once by current Mayor Gavin Newsom in 2004.

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Comments (13)
  1. Bloodhounds says:

    It use to be a blast when it was at the Concourse in SF. The next year(can’t remember when) it was booked so they went a couple of doors down. It was not the right place. Then some one got their panties in a bunch and they couldn’t have nudity and alcohol together and it keep getting worse every year. SF always destroys the fun stuff. When it was at the Cow Palace it really went down hill. Great memories for me but I quit going when I felt like I was at a High School party.

  2. Padraig says:

    I am sorry to hear this. EEB has also been an exiting event to attend. Let us thank the Board of Stupidvisors and ABC for killing such an awesome event.

  3. anoodmale4u says:

    We were deciding whether or not to attend this year, and thought the new venue would be nice if nothing else. I am quite frankly shocked to learn of this and wonder what is really going on. The web site won’t even load now. 😦

  4. I'm a Fool For the City says:

    Another fun event stopped by the Prudes,get out of your egg shell life or stay home and let other enjoy theirs.Have sex once a month,if it’s planned and you don’t have a event at Starbucks/PTA.So sad for those who were planning a fun night out,booked rooms from out of town,and do think those who stopped the event care,NO they don’t.

  5. Tom says:

    The 37th Annual Halloween Extravaganza fundraiser for Childrens Charitable Fund, a 501c3, put on by the Active 20-30 Club of Napa IS HAPPENING this Saturday Oct. 23rd!!!!

    At the Napa Expo (fairgrounds in downtown Napa)

    21 and over only!

    $60 at the door gets you:

    Open Bar – beer and mixed drinks 7pm-11:30pm-ish

    Live Music by the hot Bay Area dance band Pop Fiction

    BBQ Tri Tip Dinner 7p -9p

    And Much More!!

    Catch the Bay Areas BIGGEST Halloween Event of the year, this Saturday, Oct. 23rd 7pm -12p, Napa Expo.

  6. JOE PUBLIC says:


  7. loadedandlocked says:

    Joe, hahahaha. My sentiments exactly.
    There’s always B&K in Richmond,
    (along with H&K). Great attractions.

  8. dic falco says:

    this is bull i want my 300 bills back

  9. dc says:

    I can understand having to cancel something, but doing so at 3 pm the day of, making it impossible for us to cancel our hotel stays without forfeiting the room fee, is BS. So the Hotels all get paid regardless and there’s no party to boot. How fair is that? What the event really lost by doing so at the last minute was the trust of all the thousands of loyal fans who thought this was more than about the bucks.

    If anyone else is having a Ball in the area, or wants to, there are 2000 people who are now stuck at the hotel with nothing to do for the night. Seems there’s an opportunity for somebody there!

  10. Peanut says:

    Let’s unite at one place and vent. I set up a blog for it.

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