Friday, June 26, 2015

Drag March with Historic Celebration

I always have the best time ever at the annual NYC Drag March, but this year was especially joyous since it happened on the same day the Supreme Court of the United States announced its ruling of Marriage Equality saying that marriages of two people of the same gender are now legally recognized and licensed in all 50 states of the United States of America.  The Drag March, led by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, Church Ladies for Choice and Radical Faeries, celebrates and honors the art, culture and power of Drag. And invokes the history of that power recognizing the Drag Queens who were the first that fought back against Gay oppression and stood up for LGBT rights at a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in 1969. 

Thousands got all dolled up in wigs, make-up, glitter, heels and costumes and joined the March that started with a gathering ritual in Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan's East Village.  With gorgeous NYPD escorts, we marched west to the historic Stonewall Inn,  where people had already been celebrating all day! Stonewall was too full to let everyone inside, leading to a happy spillover with tons of people in the street reveling.  There were fire dancers, vibrant colorful displays of fierce fashions and lots of cheering.  One of the more popular chants was a playful reaction to the Supreme Court decision:  "We don't want to marry, we just want to f*ck!"  Once the March reached the Stonewall site, everyone held hands and sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz.  On this historic day, there was special significance to "Dreams that you dare to dream, really do come true.