The Heavens ultimately wept on our country's birthday but just a drizzle teased the queens as the boarded the "Tropical Banana Boat " on their annual journey from the Grove to the Pines and whatever fireworks were obscured later that night exploded in a riot of color we've come to expect on the other anniversary of the day when Grove queens, refused admittance in the Pines for violating the non drag dress code, inspired by watching the Tall Ships in the harbor for the country's bicentennial in l976, decided on an invasion of their own.
This time there were 292 participants on the ferry, the second largest in history, now greeted by 3500 spectators according to police reports at the very community that declined them those many years ago. The event was dedicated to Violet Silver.
Panzi - our venerable leader and her bull horn for the herd
This is also the first time the event had corporate sponsorship, Malibu Banana Rum, who named the ferry and reportedly turned down the opportunity to have Darryl represent them in his spectacular Carmen Miranda costume for a more generally acceptable image - those scantily clad Banana Boys - (did they think they were less gay?).
The ultimate Carmen Miranda - would be poster girl for Banana Rum
they chose these....
The event has grown in such stature that there were at least two film crews working on separate documentaries, one for PBS., the other from a local company, tracing Bella's every step from start till shoes off.
In a unique naval maneuver the Invasion ferry nuzzled the Grove/Sayville ferry as Just Lorraine's photos were handed over in a rush to meet the publication's deadline
The Incomparable Antique
First to arrive (and get the undivided attention of papparazzi) was the Black Dahlia soon to be followed by GiGi& the ladies, "a sample of the broads", the Mme Dubarry with her stupendous head of curls bigger than her torso, in cntrast to the young long stemmed beauties Veyda & Davina from Ireland, and my dresser form the USO show progressed from just false eyelashes into Taffetta Dahking,
China, always innovative. a Golden Gladiatrix
Extraordinary Ladies of the Court, Hair in colors nature never intended ranged from untra glam real, to mile high synthetic to actual plastic.
.or none at all! Ariel goes incharacteristically unglam as Britney Spears sans hair
just another pretty girl on a cruise
just 2 years ago he never did drag
let Mother take you to her ample breast
the incomparable Antique
the coy & flirtatious Dipsy Dolly Sisters - one with boobs, one sans
Paris out of jail complete with pooch
didn't we just see these "guys" (minus Just Lorraine) in the USO show?
busy bartenders at Island Club - serving only those in drag
Rutgers Nappy Headed Ho's getting a drink in the Pines - are they old enuf?
is he flirting with me???
are they flirting with me??? aren't those girls dressed as girls? this is so confusing- what's in these drinks
no, that one's definitely a boy
Ladies Godiva throwing melting chocolates from their boxes
Tom Cruise et famille
The new face of Patriotism
Be careful, Gimmi Hoffa is watching you
here come da judges
Panzi concluded with "Vote Democratic, even of you hate Hillary vote her in"
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