Last Sunday, August 21 in New York City; The weather was crappy, and meanwhile I was upstate suffering from a toothache (root canal, don’t ask) but that didn’t stop the lovers of Wigstock: The Cruise 2. The AC might have not been working, but that made the show even hotter, it seems, as the community came together to drag out the night.
The weather did subside a bit so people could go outside and enjoy the views of the new World Trade Center and downtown Manhattan and Lady Bunny even posed for a pic with another big lady; Liberty.
There were tons of sickening performances (some of which you can see below) by Jimmy James, Michael West, Connie Fleming, Glamamore & Juanita More, John Kelly as Joni Mitchell, Tabboo!, the Dueling Bankheads (David Ilku and Clark Render) and Ebony Jett!
Bunny wrapped up the night, in a gravity defying wig, singing I’m Still Here with new lyrics in tribute to the long-gone, but not forgotten, queens who paved the way, like Ethyl Eichelberger, Marsha P. Johnson (who would have been 71 today), Octavia St Laurent, and Willi Ninja, among many others…
“You’ll never extinguish this fire,
because I sure can’t afford to retire/
I am gonna have more farewell tours than Cher,
and I’m gonna do it all in gigantic hair.”
God bless her enlarged heart! Hopefully, there’ll be a next year too – weather be damned!
(Photos, Ande Wyland)