Preservation Mirage and City of Rancho Mirage present: Party with the Pink Elephant!

RANCHO MIRAGE — You most likely will never attend a party like one being planned for the Pink Elephant on Saturday.

The Pink Elephant sign was awarded historic designation on Sept. 7, 2023, which is cause for celebration.

In 2002, the City of Rancho Mirage historic resources survey cited the ‘Rancho Super Car Wash’ sign as follows:

“Neon road signs such as ‘Rancho Super Car Wash’ are evocative of an era of the individual “mom and pop” commercial buildings that were common along America’s highways, such as Hwy 111, from the ‘40s through the ‘70s.”

“…the monumental roadside neon signs of the mid-century were a site-specific art form virtually lost to the twenty-first century.”

Learn more about the history here:

The Pink Elephant party includes a performance by the Rancho Mirage High School Band. You will have an opportunity to delve into the unique history of the Pink Elephant and enjoy a star-studded journey down the streets of Rancho Mirage with Desert Theatricals.

Later in the evening, you can dance under the stars to the beats of DJ ModGirl. Willie’s Bistro has crafted a custom food and beverage menu, including a full bar, available for purchase throughout the night.

Acclaimed mid-century modernist, artist, and designer John Pirman has created an original work of art depicting the iconic Pink Elephant. You can purchase your own piece of history with an 18” x 24” poster, available on-site for $35 signed or $25 unsigned, plus sales tax. All proceeds go towards the full restoration of the sign Additional donations are welcomed.

Tickets for this exclusive event are $20 each. The venue opens at 5 p.m. for seat-grabbing, dinner, and drinks. Seating is provided, so no need to bring chairs. The show kicks off at 6:30 p.m. You might ant sure to lace up your dancing shoes because DJ Modgirl will be spinning Motown and hits from the decades starting at 7:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by Visit Rancho Mirage, Preservation Mirage and the City of Rancho Mirage.

You may purchase tickets here:


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  • Pink Elephant Car Wash: Shutterstock