An annual ‘drag queen event,’ in which men dress up as women to the applause of onlookers, has grown to three different locations in the state’s capital, which is aptly nicknamed “Queen City of the Rockies.” Last year’s event took in more than 600 attendees, with estimate’s from this year’s event heretofore unreported.
Saturday’s drag queen event took shape with three different themes in three different locations, including The Heroes at Miller’s Crossing, the Villains at The Rialto, and The Princesses at The Western.
More than twenty drag queens hopped between the events, which were hosted by Hexx Shadow, Christina Drake, and Diana Bourgeois. The events, planned by Kev Hamm – who is also the director of Big Sky Pride – were originally to be hosted at the Helena Civics Center, but not enough bartenders could be found for a crowd that large.
It appears that watching drag queens require consuming copious amounts of alcohol.
The event, formerly named Felons’ Ball, is a reference to a Montana law that made homosexuality a felony crime prior until 1997, when it was overturned by the Montana Supreme Court Case on the grounds it was unconstitutional. In 2013 that the state Legislature removed the language banning sodomy from the Montana state constitution.
The event is a fundraiser for Big Sky Pride, the gay-pride event scheduled for June 14-21 in Helena.