The biggest Pride parade in history took place Sunday in New York City. With an estimated 32,000 marchers, it was not only historic, it was gorgeous. Participants in the festivities had Orlando on their minds and in their hearts as they paraded down Fifth Avenue, every paying tribute in their personal way. The shooting in Orlando definitely changed Pride for the queens of RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race as they reflected on what it meant for the gay community and themselves personally.
Among the a lot of in attendance at the 46th annual parade were Hillary Clinton, Mayor de Blasio, and some of the queens from the upcoming second season of the show. Vulture’s E. Alex Jung was onboard the Pride float designated for RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race and offers a detailed account of the unforgettable knowledge, starting by highlighting the significance of this specific occasion in the wake of the Orlando tragedy. He writes: “If last year’s pride parade was marked by a raucous celebration of the legalization of gay marriage, then this year’s was tinged with tragedy.”
The very first float in the parade carried the owner of Pulse nightclub, Barbara Poma, and Neema Bahrami, a manager at the club exactly where the worst mass shooting in American history took spot, targeting queer Latinos. Just behind the float for RuPaul’s All Stars Drag Race was an additional reminder of the tragedy — marchers dressed in all white, with veils over their faces and the photos and names of the victims draped around their necks.
Detox, a single of the All Stars Drag Race contestants on the float, told Jung about Orlando: “If anything it should make us all stronger and be even far more gay.”
Detox was accompanied by fellow queens Roxxxy Andrews, Tatianna, and Coco Montrese, all of whom will be competing for the crown on season two of All Stars. Andrews, being a Florida native, had a very individual connection with Pulse, telling Jung:
“I worked at Pulse for ten years… It was like a home. We actually produced a household. I lost 5 truly great buddies. The rest had been people you see each and every evening — they tip us, they take pictures with us, and you bear in mind those memories. It is hard, but we’ve got to reside on and dance for them. That is what they had been doing, dancing.”
Coco Montrese, born in Miami, also had a private account of the protected-property that was Pulse, saying:
“I’m a former Miss Gay Orlando. When I went to compete at Miss Gay America, Pulse was the club that in fact did a advantage show for me to go.”
The complete Pride celebration allowed the LGBTQ neighborhood and its allies to come collectively soon after a devastating tragedy, supporting 1 one more and showing the nation they will not be brought down by hate. The drag queens from the hit show highlighted the connection numerous individuals had to Pulse and how robust the gay community really is.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars premieres August 25, so go on and set your DVR.