Performing Arts

It’s draguation time! Some of the city’s newest drag queens are going through the gauntlet

Draguation is the live culmination of 10-weeks of preparation.

Can you remember the butterflies on graduation day? My worst fear was walking across the stage in my heels, getting my diploma, hitting my pageant girls wave and and SPLAT! Down I go, face first, into the stage.

So I can’t imagine doing that dreaded walk TWICE in one night, in a night club full of people. But that’s what 13 fearless new performers are doing Monday night, during the New Orleans Drag Workshop’s Draguation, the culminating event of 10-weeks of hard work.

Founded by Vinsantos DeFonte, the curriculum includes fine-tuning the art of drag, like lip-syncing, and perfecting makeup and wig styling. Some refer to it as New Orleans’ version of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” but instead of a fierce competition, the goal here is a learning experience.

“People came into the workshop and said, ‘I want to look like Christina Aguilera.’ … I really encourage them to keep an open mind and be flexible, because we’re discovering these characters as we go along,” DeFonte said in a 2017 interview with the New Orleans Gambit.

According to the workshop’s Facebook page, the first show sold out before invites were even sent out. So a second show was added for 10:30 p.m., but door open at 10 p.m., so make sure to be there early! Click here for tickets.

What: New Orleans Drag Workshop Draguation
When: March 25, 2019
Where: Allways Lounge
Price: $20

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2240 St Claude Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117, USA
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Mon-Fri 5pm–12am
Sat 12am–2:30pm, 5pm–2:30am
Sun 5pm–12am
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