I went to my very first Drag show on Saturday!
I’ve wanted to see a live drag show (as in, Yaaass, Qween!) for years – ever since I watched the original 1978 movie version of La Cage Aux Folles. I saw this one late night on cable in my early twenties, & was immediately riveted.
This feeling was reiterated when I saw Too Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar.
And again by the Robin Williams and Nathan Lane version of La Cage Aux Folles, retitled in English to The Birdcage.
Needless to say, I’ve had a healthy fascination with Drag Queens for a long time.
Hairspray? I prefer the original version with Divine, Rikki Lake, Blondie’s Debbie Harry, and Sonny Bono. C’mon, I mean RIC OCASEK from The Cars was in it, fergawdssake!! (Yes, I’m a child of the 80’s, and not ashamed of my musical upbringing, thank you)
And, I was recently lead to Todrick Hall, who has the voice of an angel, and the attitude of…well…
Y’all should watch his YouTube video called Straight Outta Oz. It’s straight outta this universe amazing.
Of course, I love RuPaul, and discovered others through the Drag Race, like Bob the Drag Queen, Alyssa Edwards, Miss Fame, Kim Chi, and others too numerous to mention here.
Anyway, back to the Drag Show.
It was put on as a fund raiser by a local Relay For Life team, and they called it “Cancer is a Drag”.
It was 4 hours of knock-down, drag-out (pun totally intended) hilarity and fun.
I didn’t want to leave my seat the whole 4 hours, even to pee, for fear I’d miss something!
And the Queens and Kings were amazing! They lip synced, they joked, they played games & got the audience revved up and involved.
I was blown away.
And, I can’t wait till they come back.
I just want to hug them all, tell them how much they’ve given me, how brave and inspiring I find them, that they can be so OUT LOUD, and UP FRONT right in people’s faces! Especially in conservative places like the city and state I live in.
(North Dakota’s a red state, y’all, and sometimes it’s so conservative it’s claustrophobic)
So, here’s the best of the pictures…I know they’re not the best, but when you’ve got #QWEENSINMOTION…well, you do the best you can.
These were not all of the performers, but I wasn’t able to get great pictures of everyone – a lot of the pictures I took came out blurry due to the dim lighting, the strobing light effects, & the constant movement of the performers. It was really difficult to get still shots!
I sincerely hope these ladies and gents know just how appreciated their performances were on Saturday, & they’re willing to do this again really soon. Because I’m kind of addicted to the whole experience, now.
Even though I ended up going to this alone, I never felt left out.
And that, was the most amazing part of it all.