Story and Photos by Pat Krause
The QUEEN of the Desert held its 6th annual event at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, Formerly the Camelot Theatre, on May 31st.5 beautiful Drag Queens tried their best to win the crown. A cocktail reception was held outside the theatre. Many guests wore costumes befitting the night. The judges arrived, local radio diva, Joey English, actress Ruta Lee, Deven Green, and the legendary drag queens, Dottie DuBoise and Maude Chapeau. Guests line up to get tickets to vote for a Fan favorite. This is a fundraiser for Desert AIDS Project, DAP, and all monies raised will go to them.
This is a big night in the LGBTQ community. Ethylina, 2016 winner, was the host for the event with an introduction by VOG, Voice of VOGoddess, Bella da Ball. This lip-sync contest consists of many things. The first thing on the agenda was the resort wear/bathing suit competition. While the contestants changed, David Brinkman, CEO of Desert AIDS Project, thanked everyone for coming along with thanks to the sponsors, volunteers, and contestants. Surprise guests Anita Molly and Ollata Enchilada, Mark Hamilton and Juan Francisco, gave a performance of Phantom of the Opera. Then came round two where contestants vie for the great talent contest where they must lip-sync to a song while performing wearing high heels, over the top costumes and wigs.
Morgan McMichaels performed along with contestants. Round 3 is the big Evening Gown contest where they are chosen for their beautiful glitzy and glamorous gowns and the way they present them. The 2018 winner,
LOLA performed the closing number. Then the awards were announced. The large stage accommodates all the performances nicely. Also at the end where all performers and judges line up for photographs. The 2019 winner was ANYA who will have bragging rights and opportunities for the year. Mayor Moon was on hand to proudly pose with the new 2019 QUEEN.