Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Staten Island Pride!
Under beautifully blue skies, on June 5, LGBT Staten Islanders and their friends from across the region had a Pride parade marching a mile or so from the Ferry Terminal at St. George to the location of their Pride Festival in Tompkinsville. After initial disputes over whether the police department would provide the necessary permits, the Fourth Annual Staten Island Pride Parade proved a success. I was thrilled to be part of the line-up of entertainers of the Staten Island LGBT Pride Festival which followed the parade that took place at the beautiful Cromwell Recreation Center on Pier 6 in Tompkinsville. Other performers included Telling On Trixie, AmberRose Marie, Avon Junkies, Lindsay Drew, Ron B as Tina, and others. Donna Maxon performed a fabulous imitation of The Divine Miss M and invited myself and Latin Drag Diva Appolonia Cruz on stage with her to do a crazy "Gotta Have Friends" number ending with us waving Roses as "Bette" sang The Rose. I also performed with Billboard recording artist Lovari, voguing and dancing to his flawless vocal rendition of Spanish Guitar. Lovari also drove the crowd wild when he performed his original hits with backup dancers Lana and Andrew. Staten Island is a beautiful and Proud borough of NYC and getting there on the Ferry is fabulous way to travel.