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International Drag Day

July 16 at 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

International Drag Day

International Drag Day, observed annually on July 16th, is a vibrant celebration dedicated to honoring the artistry of drag performance. While the exact origins of this occasion may not be extensively documented, it has emerged as a significant event within LGBTQ+ communities in recent times. The art of drag itself carries a profound history spanning centuries, with its contemporary form evolving during the early 20th century.

The term “drag” is thought to have derived from the expression “dressed as a girl.” In the late 1800s, drag performances garnered recognition in vaudeville shows and music halls, featuring male artists who donned flamboyant feminine attire to entertain audiences through comedy, singing, and dancing. These early drag acts often incorporated social commentary, satire, and exaggerated portrayals of gender norms.

During the 1960s and 1970s, drag culture underwent a profound transformation, propelled by the rise of LGBTQ+ rights movements and the historical events of the Stonewall Riots. Drag queens emerged as prominent figures during this era, actively engaging in protests and embodying symbols of resilience and defiance. Their visibility became a powerful testament to the fight for equality and the pursuit of social change.

Today, International Drag Day celebrates the artistry, creativity, and cultural impact of drag. It embraces the distinct expressions of drag kings and drags queens, challenging societal norms and fostering inclusivity. Let’s honor this day by recognizing the resilience and self-expression of drag artists and embracing a future of acceptance and diversity.


July 16
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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