September is Basically Drag Month in New York City
Rupaul’s Drag Race isn’t expected to return to VH1 until 2019, but drag culture is full force this month. In fact, with so many shows and events in the Big Apple alone, you could say September is New York drag queen month.
Of course it all kicked off September 1 with Wigstock 2.HO, the star-studded revival of Lady Bunny’s iconic 1990s drag festival. Neil Patrick Harris and hubby David Burtka reached out to Bunny about resurrecting the event, which moved to Pier 17 in Lower Manhattan.
The all-star lineup included Drag Race faves, fresh faces and veteran downtown performers like Joey Arias, Kevin Aviance, Flotilla DeBarge, Sherry Vine, Linda Simpson, Lypsinka, Murray Hill, Raven O and Varla Jean Merman.
This weekend, the drag magic sails across the water to Maspeth, Queens, for Bushwig on September 8 and 9.
While Wigstock draws the masses, Bushwig is by the kids, for the kids, with an edgier Brooklyn feel. This year’s performers include Horrorchata, Merrie Cherry, the Boulet Brothers, Untitled Queen and Mahlae Balenciaga, as well as New York-based RPDR stars like Sasha Velour, Aja, Shea Couleè, and Thorgy Thor.