We miss concerts. We miss seeing theater performances — and we’re not even “theater people.” We miss going to the movies. In our desperate search for entertainment that will not endanger our lives, my husband found a near-perfect solution.
I happy to share that we went to our first (and quite possibly our last) Halloween-themed drive-in drag show (held in the parking lot of a large mall). Known as Drag & Drive and starring RuPaul’s Drag Race Stars, the touring show made stops in 5 cities across the United States, and we were lucky enough to land one of these shows.
It had everything a drag show usually has — fabulous men wearing tons of make-up, long and colorful wigs, and sexy, daring women’s dresses — mixing sparkling sequins with high fashion, wearing impossible 4-inch heels (and yet dancing and strutting in these heels to loud techno-poppy music), and a colorful laser light show timed with the music. The emcee was full-figured — curvy, sassy and trashy and definitely someone you’d like to have a drink with.
This drag show also had a large stage, two big screens for the cars in the back to see, big speakers to boom out the music — and an FM radio simulcast, and also had freezing temperatures. The fans — some dressed in creepy Halloween costumes, some in bright rainbow and pink pajamas, tooting their horns in cars and hooting and hollering on top of their vans or dancing through their moon-roofs, and in front of their cars were totally into it. And as a good drag queen show is held in a nightclub or a bar, we did bring some booze and some snacks to enjoy with the show. Authenticity is key! Don’t worry, we were parked, no keys in the ignition, and did not get too tipsy.
It wasn’t a bad night for the show — as opposed to the next night, when it was snowing, and a mere 17 degrees Fahrenheit. (I know, it’s ridiculous that it’s that cold, but still manages to snow, but we broke the planet so that’s what we get.) I was glad for the snow, though, as it helps Colorado with all the forest fires that have been going for months.
The highlight of the show was a local queen who made it big on RuPaul’s show — Denver’s own Yvie Oddly. She had a dance routine that really was impressive, and inspired the audience to have the longest, loudest chorus of cheers and honking horns.
The first time we saw a drag queen show was in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, in the 1990’s, so it’s been a while between shows. We have been to a Denver restaurant with drag queen wait staff, but Hamburger Mary’s went out of business years ago. As the night’s diva emcee reminded us, “they work hard for the money,” and they certainly did — bringing the show on the road to entertain us, and help pay their bills. So next time we won’t wait over 25 years between drag shows, and will see another one very soon.