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Beginning in the mid-1980s in Tompkins Square Park, Wigstock was heralded as one of the behemoths of drag culture. Co-created by Lady Bunny, the 1995 documentary profiling the outdoor drag festival furthered its impact on queer culture, gaining it greater attention across the country and the world.
Since the early 2000s, Wigstock struggled finding its footing in the gentrification of Manhattan. But with the help of producers Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka. Wigstock returned with a vengeance to Pier 17 of the South Street Seaport this past Labor Day weekend in probably its fiercest form this century.
Many of the festival's legendary performers returned as well, including Candis Cayne, Jackie Beat, Joey Arias, Sherry Vine, and Lypsinka. But many newer talents were on display as well at the day-long celebration, including RuPaul's Drag Racefavorites Jinkx Monsoon, Latrice Royale, Alaska, and Willam.
All in all, it was a fabulous day that showcased drag in all its different forms, with lots of glitz, glamour, and glitter thrown on top.
Director Alexander Kacala
Shooter Spencer Manning
Editor Stephanie Chang