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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Carnaval Was Hot, but Where Were the Drag Queens?

Posted By on Tue, May 31, 2011 at 8:30 AM

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Carnaval! The parade is always lively and exciting, the music is intoxicating, and people really enjoy themselves without all the other drunken shenanigans that can accompany street fairs. One thing I did wonder though, was, "Where are the drag queens?"

But we'll get to that, and to Trannyshack's Madonna Tribute. But first rewind to me, with my Monday morning deadline, waking up on Sunday morning without having yet attended anything to squawk about. Well, thankfully, I live in S.F., and without a doubt, there is always something going on!

So, it's roughly 8:30 a.m., and I just fed the cats, and what do I hear but a small commotion on my back deck. Okay, it was hardly a commotion, but it makes you want me to tell you what was going on, right?) I think (only for a moment), and remember, in this order:
1: I am awake
2: It is Sunday
3: It's Carnaval
4: My neighbors are dancing in the parade

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Soooo being the total nosey, err, I mean investigatory person that I am, I popped out onto my deck, and there was my neighbor, Darrick, putting some finishing touches to his Carnaval accessories. Now, this is where I should have just said good morning and gone back to bed, but as we all know, I am hardly one for few words. What mostly came out of my mouth was something like "What the hell are you still doing here? Doesn't the parade start at nine?"

Well, as if my cackle is that of something like a rooster's morning chime, out of their apartment bound Darrick and Alisa's lovely daughters, Xiara and Malea (3 and 5? 2 and 4? 7 and 9? ... I dunno, two years apart ... I think?) and they model their fantastic ensembles.
Their faces are sprinkled with a little makeup, but I am lovingly coerced by Alisa to help them put on more. If there is anything a drag queen loves, it's putting makeup on children!

Well, before you know it, there is a distressing phone call, and their slot in the parade is moved forward, it is GO time right now! Cut to yours truly, in the back of a minivan, driving through partly closed off streets in the mission to drop them at their meeting spot and then driving their van back home (at which time, while parking, a prop, left atop the roof, flew off, and consequently, I ran over it) All this, before 9:30 a.m., AND WITHOUT ANY COFFEE!! I know, I'm like a saint or something.

Of course, in all the early morning chaos, no pics were snapped, but I figured, what the hell, I am awake now, might as well go check out the parade, who doesn't like seeing scantily clad feathered ass-shaking? (and the ladies were pretty too).

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That's when I started to wonder: Why are there no drag queens in the Carnaval parade? Even though the Latino community seems, at times, a little more accepting of its gay/trans brothers and sisters (unless I missed it) there needs to be a gay/trans contingent!! Anyone? Next year? Maybe it's just too early for them to get up? Most of them should still be awake in a K-hole anyway ... KIDDING!!!

And speaking of K-holes ...

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Sunday night was also the much-anticipated Trannyshack Madonna Tribute Night at DNA, hosted by Heklina. The place was PACKED, as is always the case with Trannyshack tribute nights. Heckles joked that the audience would probably still come out even if she held a Celine Dion night, to which the crowd erupted into thunderous applause. Seriously, I'm sure there would be nothing more tired, tragic, and awesome as a Celine Dion night performed by the Trannyshack regulars. (Double entendres of going down with the Titanic abound.)

Up Next: Here are the Drag Queens! Pix from Trannyshack's Madonnathon!

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