In 1988 Brian Balsley, the owner of Pazzos (at the time) and manager Brad
Baer came up the idea of throwing a party. They didn’t want just any old party,
however, and after a brainstorming session (one can only imagine how THAT went!)
they came up with the idea to set up the first Pimp n Ho Ball in Cabo San Lucas.
It all came together in a matter of 3 days said Brian. Brad had already heard
about the party from the United States : I didn’t know what they were talking
about at first. They found a D.J. who agreed to play for free beer and
It was an immediate hit and they knew they were onto something big.
The following year, 1999 they promoted the first annual Pimp n Ho Ball in
Cabo San Lucas and it has continued to grow every year. Brian says Every year
since, the party just keeps growing with people planning their vacations around
it and getting their costumes together a year in advance. In 2003 Brian sold
Pazzos Pizza and in 2004 brought in a partner and friend Brent Underdahl to
really get serious about the Pimp n Ho Ball for all of Mexico.
According to various Internet sources, Damian Saunders was the actual
originator of the Pimp n Ho Ball and has claimed all others evolved from a theme
party he started 14 years ago in Huntington Beach, Orange County, California.
Then John Huntington of Hart and Huntington Tattoos, now in Cabo, and Damian
moved it to Vegas where, after a few years and it has grown to attract a crowd
of up to 10,000. Whilst Cabo is hardly on that scale, the vent is becoming one
of the landmark events of the year here in Los Cabos.
Brian now has the Pimp n Ho Ball, name trademarked for Mexico and Europe. He
says it takes about 7 months of preparation for the one night Best party in
Baja. He is planning on another one in Cancun and is working with the promotion
company, Noche Magazine to market the Pimp n Ho Ball as a turn key package to
those nightclubs in Mexico and Europe that would like to have one of their own.