10 Reasons to Sashay Your Way to NYC for the City’s Inaugural DragCon
We’re super excited that RuPaul’s DragCon is coming to New York City this weekend at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan.
So excited, in fact, that Hornet jumped on board as a sponsor to help sprinkle extra glitter, glitz and glam on the huge gathering of drag enthusiasts.
Here are 10 reasons we’re pumped to don some pumps this weekend for RuPaul’s DragCon NYC:
10. The Hornet Official DragCon Photo Booth
We’re sponsoring the official photo booth at DragCon, where you’ll be able to capture your look for all to see. You’ll be able to print your photos out as a special souvenir, and even share it via social media.
To celebrate the first DragCon NYC, Vincent Cooper is hosting a one-night-only version of his popular drag competition Lady Liberty. The evening will feature local New York queens and performers from around the world competing for a $1,000 prize package.
On Friday night, this unofficial happening puts some of the funniest alums from Drag Race on one stage, where they rip each other to shreds with humor. Jinkx Monsoon, Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor, Darienne Lake and others read each other to filth, all for your amusement.
Also on Friday night, hosts Bob the Drag Queen and Lady Bunny welcome some of the most recent season’s fiercest competitors to the stage at this official event. Oh yeah, and Tammie Brown will be there, too.
Another official event takes place Saturday night. Watch Raja, Tyra Sanchez, Shangela, Violet Chachki and more strut their stuff down the runway.
5. Sasha Velour’s Nightgowns
Sasha Velour’s brand of art drag thrives during her carefully curated seasonal show “Nightgowns.” This installment has extra star power on its bill, with queens Sharon Needles, Peppermint, Laganja Estranga and Alexis Michelle lending their talents to Velour’s coterie. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 5 p.m.
4. The shopping
Whether you’re in the market for new looks for your paid gigs or just a look for Halloween, DragCon NYC is set to be a drag queen’s version of QVC. Check out clothing from Japanese art collective Massive, Boy Butter’s collection of slippery lubes, master Drag Race illustrator Chad Sell, performance makeup from Sugarpill and sparkling gems from Fierce Drag Jewels.
3. The panels
There are plenty of opportunities to learn a thing or two about the world of drag. Each panel offers a different glimpse into the world of drag, which is a lot more complicated and colorful than many people imagine.
One standout includes the “Judgy Judies” panel, where the judges gab about what it’s like on the other side of the runway. That one should be especially dishy because of Todrick Hall’s recent discussion about his relationship with Taylor Swift.
Other great ones include “Drag Does Fashion Week: A Fashion Affair,” “Pushing Buttons: Gay Gamers Panel,” “How to Fight Back: Activate Your Activism” and “The Real Queens of NYC: Drag in the City” that I’m moderating!
2. The stars
Queens from every season will show up to meet fans, speak at panels and, of course, one-up each others’ looks. Keep your eyes peeled for iconic divas like Trixie Mattel, Detox, Violet Chachki, Shea Couleé and more.
But it won’t just be your favorite Ru Girls there — LGBT celebs of all varieties will be at DragCon NYC. Joanne the Scammer, Amanda Lepore, Isaac Mizrahi and Daniel Franzese are just a few of the stars you’ll be bumping ‘bows with.
1. The chance to meet Mamma Ru herself
The great goddess herself meets with fans all day Saturday and Sunday. If you’re VIP, it’s best to try and get in line first thing Saturday morning right after she cuts the ribbon to get it out of the way.