For years, RuPaul’s Drag Race fans have wanted a first-eliminated queens All Stars season. While that doesn’t seem to be happening, the queens who got the chop right off the bat are making a splashy return. They’re coming back for a classic pageant at this year’s RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles. Capping off the weekend right, the first-annual DragCon Pageant is happening Sunday, May 13. Hosted by Michelle Visage and produced by Brandon Voss, tickets for the one night extravaganza were just released.
So who is coming back to slay? Coco Montrese (All Stars 2), Jaymes Mansfield (Season 9), Naysha Lopez (Season 8), Pandora Boxx (All Stars), Tempest DuJour (Season 7), Vanessa Vanjie Matteo (Season 10), Venus d’Lite (Season 3), and yes, Victoria “Porkchop” Parker (Season 1), will all return for the crown. Well, maybe not the crown, but a crown. The flyer for the event promises three categories of competition: runway, talent and question and answer.
We’re super excited that we’ll be able to get to see more of these queens, even if it’s just in real life at DragCon and not on our television sets. The fact that they’re folding a classic pageant into the mix at DragCon this year is a great step towards honoring the roots of drag. While Drag Race has become the preeminent pageant for drag queens in the 21st century, there’s still something unique and special about a one-night affair where queens give all they got on the runway.
Who do we think has a chance of walking away with the grand prize?
While Porkchop was first to go on the very first season of the show, we have a feeling she’s not a queen to be underestimated on the DragCon stage. She is a legend on the pageant circuit of America, known for appearing in the 2009 documentary Pageant that profiled the life of queens competing for the title of Miss Gay America.