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The 38th annual Cherry Grove to Pines Invasion


                                                                photos and  text by Jeannie


Blessed by the weathermen, this Thursday July 4th was the first day of sunshine in a week.

But it was hot!  No matter how many Invasions (when hundreds of Drag Queens board a ferry and “invade” the Pines harbor where they are greeted by thousands) it is always exciting.

The creativity is astounding as a flurry of feathers, sequins and other unique accoutrements decorate the bewigged beauties (and some not so beautiful – I mean some didn’t even bother to shave! their Faces!)


Panzi, one of the original invaders, this year resplendent in Fire engine red under a bright blue wig led the “herd” for the 38th time


They pay up and register at the Ice Palace where cameras flash by civilians and others in costume alike.



Carl brought back this one with Annie back on Broadway -my favorite


Ferry Capt Stein gives last minute instructions to the crew before ferry takes off for the Pines


A flurry of feathers to get on


Ariel summons Paula Dean, complete with butter




My new BFF



The royal procession gets to stay up front, Charity & Angela Mercy, part of the royal procession – this year celebrating “Simchas Torah” with a minion of “moyles”.

Gusty winds (isn’t that the name of a drag queen?)  made everyone hang onto their wigs while my admiral hat blew into the bay while taking this picture

While the royals, of course, waited inside



 The landing

Thousands in the Pines awaiting this moment to see the hundreds on board


Robin Byrd heads the press corps


HCQueen Shirley Shapiro - first off

Her card reads “I am NOT ‘A Queen’/I am ‘The Queen’/and that’s ‘Your Majesty’/to you!,”

Soon to be followed by Sylvia

HRH Wendy and consort





Wonder what’s under those burkas


Didn’t we see them before?












Wonder Woman (Joyce)








It’s Charlie Chaplin

What is this? Must be from Long Island - Brook Haven? Beth Paige?

Overweight flight attendant – endangered species






Hail to the crowd (or Robin)








Mother – beloved of everyone

The ever popular/necessary Drag Repair team – Bless Them!


The enthusiastic waiting crowd in the Pines










Say farewell…….


Back to the Boat

Panzi greets her herd


HTM chats with her subjects

The Queen daintily keeps her knees together

The girls gossip


China is s cute

Robin shows some cleavage



Just Lorraine keeps shooting the Queen and another queen

(There are few civilians here)

Another beautiful Blonde

Miss Fire Island and Miss Grove take a break

Beach Debris and Uneda Dune compare notes

Beach Debris’ necklace is of beach debris

Just the wig – confessing to the rabbi?


Ready to disembark in the Grove and go through the procession all over again

Not easy………

Bella returns!

The Queen makes one more entrance!


The Town Crier reminding everyone of the true meaning of Independence Day with his bell and his copy of the Declaration of Independence


The only one in town to remember the meaning of the day!