RuPaul's DragCon NYC 2017
Over the weekend, RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions hosted the first ever RuPaul's DragCon NYC on Sept. 9-10 at Manhattan's Jacob K. Javits Center. The event is the world's largest all-ages and family friendly celebration of drag culture, this year welcoming more than 35,000 guests.
During DragCon, fans had the chance to meet their favorite queens from "RuPaul's Drag Race," as well as other celebrities, fashion designers, and performers. The event was kicked off by 10-year-old drag star Desmond is Amazing, where after giving a rousing speech, they were assisted by RuPaul for the ribbon cutting.
"My queens: we are all ambassadors to these young, gorgeous kids who are going to walk through this building today and tomorrow," RuPaul said. "With what’s happening politically and socially, they are the promise of America's future. And that's why DragCon is so important."
"RuPaul's Drag Race," along with it's after show "RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked,", has had eight Emmy nominations. With such success, paired with our current political climate, this event was more important than ever to highlight diversity and inclusivity, which helped DragCon spread from West coast to East coast.
RuPaul’s DragCon NYC welcomed celebrities and personalities who participated in panels, performances, meet and greets and more including fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, Lizzo, Michelle Visage, Nico Tortorella, Carson Kressley, Big Freedia, Sheryl Lee Ralph (“Dreamgirls” on Broadway), TS Madison, World of Wonder co-founders Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey, and author and legendary personal shopper Betty Halbreich, and NYC night-life legends Michael Musto, Mickey Boardman, Kenny Kenny, and Linda Simpson. Other appearances were made by Drag Race royalty including Sasha Velour, Bob The Drag Queen, Violet Chachki, Chad Michaels, Trixie Mattel, Detox, Shangela, Kim Chi, Ongina, Peppermint, Milk, Aja, Ginger Minj and many more. Social media and YouTube stars including Connor Franta, Manny Mua, Jeffree Star, Laura Lee, Joanne The Scammer, and Todrick Hall were also in attendance.
Attendees also had access to exclusive shopping and merchandise opportunities with various make-up brands, fashion designers, and drag queen merchandise.
Some of the event highlights were the variety of booths ranging from a total of 177 vendors and exhibitors, musical performances, and exclusive NYC-themed merchandise at the World of Wonder booth. As well as a total of 53 past contestants from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” attending DragCon NYC to meet with their fans from around the world.
The biggest surprise was for Ginger Minj fans, as she married her fiance CJ on stage after her panel “Ginger Minj Makes Over Lactatia.” Michelle Visage officiated, with Lactacia serving as the flower girl.
“The Runway” stage, presented by World of Wonder, hosted numerous performances by recording artist Lizzo and the Queen Diva herself, Big Freedia, entering the convention with the New Orleans second line band before hosting the “Big Freedia Twerk Off.” As well as a preview performance by the cast of Mighty Real: A Fabulous Sylvester Musical, which hits Broadway in 2018.
RuPaul’s DragCon LA will return to Los Angeles on May 11-13, 2018. Badges and VIP Packages for the Los Angeles convention will go on sale in November at RuPaulsDragCon.com. RuPaul’s DragCon NYC will return to New York in 2018, with dates to be announced.
For more information on RuPaul’s DragCon NYC and a full list of exhibitors, programming and merchandise, please visit: RuPaulsDragCon.com.
All photos provided by World of Wonder.