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This past weekend at the Auditorio BlackBerry in Mexico City, Oct. 28–29, more than 1,500 people were able to enjoy what was the first-ever drag convention in Latin America, ManDragOra Fest.
The festival was a space in which fans of drag culture could feel at home. The event featured exhibitor booths (where people could buy accessories to complete their drag “lewks”, get advice and even get tested), panel discussions and various keynote talks (led by Mexican LGBT personalities including Ophelia Pastrana, Johnny Carmona and Mickey Cundapi) that shaped it into a convention similar to RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles and New York.
But undoubtedly the biggest moment of the night — the one all attendees were waiting for — was a presentation of the fabulous queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race, led by the show’s most recent crown-holder, Sasha Velour, who left the audience floored with her incredible looks and artistic performances.
Other queens who had the ManDragOra stage vibrating with excitement were Tatianna and Trinity Taylor. Many enjoyed the performance by Tammie Brown (who happens to be fluent in Spanish).
April Carrión and Cynthia Lee Fontaine gave powerful speeches about the recent tragedies that took place in Puerto Rico. Carrión shared with the audience that she lost her own apartment, and that her island home is struggling right now, dedicating her performance to her people. Many in the crowd were in tears.
As for Cynthia Lee Fontaine, she was so happy to be part of drag history with this first Latin American drag convention.
Laganja Estranja and Gia Gunn also gave incredible performances and were favorites of the weekend-long festival. Brendan Jordan, who has made a name for himself on social media as the “Diva Boy,” played the role of host, and everyone loved him.
Without a doubt, ManDragOra Fest was a benchmark for pop culture in Mexico and Latin America.
Relive the best moments of ManDragOra Fest through this gallery:
All photos by Kevin Corona for Hornet