Wigstock is LEGENDARY in the drag community. It started in 1984 in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village eventually moving to the West Side Highway but Wigstock died in 2001.
Mini-versions of it happened the last few years on a cruise around Manhattan (I went to one) which was more like a fun private party. But now, ICYMI, Wigstock is BACK BIG-TIME.
The idea to resurrect it came from Neil Patrick Harris and his husband David Burtka, neither of went back in the day, who approached Wigstock co-creator Lady Bunny. NPH said,
“It seemed so nasty and exciting and, even kind of horny.“
The two brought in other partners, including the Oscar-winning producer Bruce Cohen, the production company Matador, Gay Men’s Health Crisis and Pride Media, which publishes Out and The Advocate. The tickets were pricey but look at the venue and backdrop.
The lineup is sort of RIDONKULOUSLY incredible: Besides Lady Bunny& Neil Patrick Harris, there’s Alaska Thunderfuck, Alex Newell, Amanda Lepore, Barbara Tucker, Bianca Del Rio, Bob The Drag Queen, Candis Cayne, Charlene Incarnate, Dina Martina, Dirty Martini, Drew Droege, Frieda, Fogo Azul, Harmonica Sunbeam, Heklina, Imperial Court of New York, Jackie Beat, Jada Valenciaga, Javier Ninja, Jinkx Monsoon, Joey Arias, Justin Vivian Bond, Kevin Aviance, Ladies of Lips, Latrice Royale, Lina Bradford, Linda Simpson, Liza Lott, Lypsinka…
AND WE’RE ONLY UP TO L!!!
…Murray Hill, Peaches Christ, Penny Champagne, Peppermint, Pixie Aventura, Qya Marie, Raven O, Scarlet Envy, Shequida, Sherry Vine, Suga Pie Koko, Toilet Boys, Unitard, Varla Jean Merman, Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black, Wendy Ho & Willam.
Plus, the world’s oldest drag performer (no, not Bunny) Darcelle XV at 88, and probably the youngest Desmond Is Amazing, 10.
The day-long event took place at the gorgeous new Pier 17 Rooftop in New York City’s Seaport District from 2 ’til until past 10.
WOW’s intrepid photographer staked out center stage the whole day, Ruben Natal San-Miguel documented it ALL. Here’s just a taste, there’s MUCH more to come.
(via San Francisco Chronicle)