Sunday, June 22, 2008
Brooklyn is the original home and birthplace to many great Divas. Barbara Streisand, Ethyl Merman, Mae West and one of the biggest Divas of the all, Harvey Firestein, all hail from Brooklyn. The NYC Borough with the beautiful Gothic-arched bridge and the Cyclone roller coaster at Coney Island is also home to a fabulous Gay Pride Festival and night-time Parade which took place on Saturday, June 14th. I was the MC of the Pride Festival, along with sizzling Latina Diva Appolonia Cruz. We were all having a grand time in front of an enthusiastic audience outdoors in Prospect Park, even though the thunder storms and heavy rain interrupted the festivities. Mother Nature wasn't listening to Brooklyn Gal Barbara's first hit, "Don't Rain on My Parade" that day! "If you want a rainbow, you must have some rain" I reminded everyone. Despite the weather, the talent on the covered stage was superb and making an impact on the crowd. The performers included India B, the Latin Dance troupe Rhythm Locura, Drag Kings Ensemble Switch N Play, the NYC Gay Men's Chorus, Dyke rockers Sister Funk, singer/songwriter recording artists Jade Sterling, AmberRose Marie, Ira Levi, Quentin Elias, Inida M., Lovari and others. Luckily before the rainfall, Lovari executed a memorable number with dancer Lana and I joined the act dancing and vogueing while Lovari sang Spanish Guitar. Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz and other prominent Brooklynites joined in on the Festival and Pride Parade and everyone felt is was so worth getting wet for. Sharp on-the-scene reporter Winnie McCroy wrote a fantastic article for Gay City News and used one of my Quotes: "Brooklyn is known for a thriving, diverse community," Honey said. "And Brooklyn has one of the most beautiful Pride parades, because it's at night. For us drag queens, the heat is so bad that by the end of the parade we're all melted, our wigs are full of sweat, and girls aren't even supposed to sweat!"