Drag Dome Is Possibly The First Drag Event of Its Kind
By Dolores Quintana
This year’s Long Beach Pride celebration may have a historic first, as reported by Longbeachize. There was a tent dedicated exclusively to drag performances called Drag Dome, which is the brainchild of Jewels, Executive Director of Entertainment for Hamburger Mary’s and sponsored by Hamburger Mary’s. In a time when drag is a subject of controversy, this seems like the best time to hold such an event.
Jewels said, as quoted by Long Beachize, “There’s really no complicated story behind why we’re doing this: With the country up in arms over drag and we have this great drag culture in Long Beach—so let’s celebrate it.”
The Drag Dome took place on August 5 and 6, from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. each day, and featured six hours of drag shows featuring local, yet nationally famous, Long Beach drag artists like Delta Work, Mayhem Miller, Jasmine Masters, Honey Davenport, Milita Scunt, April Carrion. It is incredible to hear that these drag artists will be doing a full show each hour on the hour. That’s a lot of hard work and a great opportunity to witness something with this much heart.
Jewels said, as quoted by Long Beachize, “We’re celebrating the art of drag—that’s what I want to emphasize: We are celebrating the art of drag, and that includes all types of drag. That includes drag kings, drag queens, nonbinary, trans women, trans men…We’re filling every single spot you can imagine.”
Jewels also appeared very early on KTLA 5 News Los Angeles in their studio to discuss Long Beach Pride this morning, as Jewels announced on Facebook. The morning anchors had a great time, and, of course, Jewels was a scintillating guest.