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A Legendary Drag Festival Just Sailed Around Manhattan -- And It Was Everything

In the narrative of drag history and queer performance, the legacy of Wigstock is major.

The legendary, once annual New York City festival started as a new practice in exploring queer community culture and performance and ultimately grew into a force that gained international accolade and resulted in a feature length-film. 

Wigstock, organized by drag icon Lady Bunny and Scott Lifshutz, ran for over 20 years in the '80s, '90s and early 2000s, attracting over 30,000 drag enthusiasts at its height.

When Bunny and Lifshutz announced the end of the festival in the early 2000s, many of us assumed that we would never have the chance to see most of these beloved performers together again. That all changed when the pair announced the "Wigstock Tea Sea Cruise" earlier this year -- essentially recreating the spirit of Wigstock on a boat as it sailed around Manhattan's harbor.

The Aug. 16 event brought out performers and drag entuasiasts from all along the queer spectrum and across generational lines, with those in attendance including Michael Musto, Linda Simpson, Sister Dimension, House of Bushwig, Flotilla Debarge, Sugar Pie Coco, Cazwell and Sweetie -- just to name a few.

Check out some photos from the event below courtesy of Santiago Felipe.

We can't wait for the next one, Bunny!

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