PostHeaderIcon Dragstoria: Our Weekend with The Queens of the Coast


Juan waves from the stage at Columbia Theater, Host Marco Davis, and the beautiful people of Astoria dance the night away

DRAGSTORIA: I've already nominated Astoria, Oregon as the coolest place in Oregon, next to Portland (of course).

Now I just think Astoria might be the weirdest.

Take this weekend, for example. Not only was the sun shining, but the whole city was lit up like a disco ball. I think that might have had something to do with the big drag show at the Columbia Theater. When we hit town (Juan and I were joined by Sam Adams and his partner Peter Zuckerman), everybody was already talking about Marco Davis and his big show: Dragalution. In fact there was a line around the block an hour and a half before the 10 pm Saturday late-night show.

Now, this was unlike most drag shows I've seen.  Many of the cast members were women in female drag.  A lot of audience was also in drag (including lumberjacks and shop keepers). Even the DJ, the totally cool DJ Gray Matter, was wearing makeup.  A lot of the songs were original recordings, in which the drag queens lip-synched to themselves a la Beyonce at the presidential inauguration and the choreography had a nice Jazz-er-cise kick to it.

The whole night was sort of like being at Grey Gardens Disco Party with cast members from both the Honey Boo-Boo reality show and "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?"  Many times throughout the night I couldn't stop staring at the entire spectacle. It was just sooo weird. And fun.

Rough and sparkly at the same time, Astoria, Oregon is a "To Wong Foo" kind of town. And the state of Oregon is better for it.

P.S. I love the Cannery Pier Hotel. They have the most beautiful views from their rooms and the hot tub stays open ALL NIGHT. How cool is that?

Last Updated (Monday, 28 January 2013 13:13)

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