Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
The party scene that takes place in Monte Carlo during the Monaco Grand Prix is, apparently, the stuff of legend. The event being as posh as it is, even though I was going to the race I didn’t imagine I could really sample the night life. I’m not a driver, sponsor, celebrity or anything. I am just a dude, hanging out with a buddy trying to have a good time on the cheap…in Monte Carlo, should be easy right? Well it turned out to be much easier than I could have ever imagined so I though it would be a good idea to share my experience with ya’ll.
I knew ahead of time I’d probably have to look the part to at least have 1/2 a chance to get in somewhere fun. So I packed my 40£ sport jacket, and hit the local Primark (cheap clothing) to pick up a couple nice button ups. So with the look down pat, I figured we just had to find a way down onto the track to party at some of the famous clubs that occupy Route de la Piscine.
As it turns out, all you have to do is wait till the track is closed and you can walk on down, it’s just that easy. Each club on the street has an outside drinking and dancing area complete with Djs and drunk people. The first thing we saw was the party going on at La Rascass, maybe the most famous club on this strip during GP Weekend. This isn’t something your going to see at Spa, Silverstone or even Monza….this is hedonism on another level.
What we have here is an eclectic mix of both ends of the Monte Carlo spectrum. The track workers were having the most fun, picking up Miss Motors World, whoever she is, and egging on her friends to continue booty dancing. Also taking part are many people from the city and the yachts just across the street, with sweaters tied around their neck and pastel coloured pants. Apparently Salmon (pink) is a very popular color with the wealthy, who knew. But nobody seems to care how much money you have, if you are here, you belong. That being said, we didn’t feel like we belonged at La Rascass, and were to intimidated to try.
After a bit of a walk down the street we ran into club Black Legend. That name just made us laugh, it sounds so fake and ridiculous. But being ridiculous is what this event is all about, nobody cares about anything but having as much fun as possible and not being uptight. My opinion of rich people was changed forever.
Standing by the entrance of Black Legend, but still without enough alcohol induced confidence to enter, I was grabbed by the door guy and thrown in. My sport coat working perfectly, it was time to join in the fun. Alcohol was roughly 6 Euro for a pint, not any more expensive than drinking in a crappy pub in London but mojitos were around 15 Euro, which is quite a bit more than I was willing to spend. It didn’t cost anything to walk down on track, or get into these roped in areas. I’ve rarely seen more people caring less than here. This fire marshal was standing on a little platform break dancing and pelvic grinding in the face of some dudes wife.
It wasn’t long before alcohol had the best of a few people and the first Monte Carlo celebrity was created. The one and only PINK LEGEND!! In a drunken dance trance he managed to climb the fencing in front of the DJ and put on a show for a few hundred friends and strangers. In my mind Pink Legend is what Monte Carlo is all about. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from or how you are dressed. If your here, you belong, and you can do pretty much anything you want. Everyone wants one simple thing, to have a good time above all else.
Some people have said this hedonistic lifestyle that surrounds this GP is “gross” but I don’t feel the same way at all. Part of what makes travelling to these races so enjoyable is sampling the life surrounding the GP. Don’t come down to Black Legend or La Rascass on the Route de la Piscine on Sunday after the race expecting bible study. Come down expecting to experience one of the best street parties you will see at any GP. Soak it up and join in the fun, as long as your smiling and enjoying yourself you’ll be fine.
So there you have it, what it’s like after the race at the Monte Carlo GP. I though it was going to be an evening of being turned away at the door, and looked at with disgust. What I found was quite different, just a simple street party on the circuit in one of the wealthiest places on earth, accessible for free and for all.
Be on the look out for more posts like this one, I feel it’s very important to share the aspects of the life surrounding the events I go to. In this case the photos are from my phone, I was at least smart enough to not have my real gear with me in these moments. Needless to say, last train back to Nice was a blurry affair, but one well worth it.