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Drag Queens Conquer Fire Island At Legendary Invasion Of The Pines

With a special appearance by Alyssa Edwards!

For many Americans the Fourth of July means BBQs, fireworks and celebrating their home country, but for others Fourth of July means it’s time for the annual Invasion of the Pines.

This year was an extra special celebration because it marked the 40th anniversary of the Invasion, the event on Fire Island where hundreds of drag queens board a ferry in Cherry Grove, and disembark on the neighboring village of the Pines to show off their wild looks for the cheering crowd.

Check out an Instagram roundup-with a special appearance by Alyssa Edwards-to witness all of the day’s craziness first hand-and remember, it’s never too early to start planning next year’s outfit:

#invasion #fireisland #funn

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#misspiggy #titsout #invasionofthepines #fireislandpines #FIP #dragqueen #gay #muppets #4thofjuly

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#invasionofthepines #fireislandpines #FIP #dragqueen #peacock #gay #4thofjuly

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America the fabulous #invasionofthepines #adamandsteve

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Just a quiet beach day with the girls. #InvasionOfThePines #FireIsland #ThePines

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God Bless AhhhMERICA FIRE ISLAND Was LIT! #AlyssasSecret #living #july4th #fireisland

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#fireisland #dragqueens #july4th #gayboys #invasionofthepines

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Let's go Invasion 2016!!! Miss Callie Fornya Gurlz @katyperry #katyperry #californiagurls #teenagedream

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I'll tell you how to get to Sesame Street… #FIP #Invasion

A post shared by Zach O'Connor (@zach.oconnor) on

I'm still never coming home #DragInvasion #FireIslandPines #DragInvasion

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More Invasion! #draginvasion #invasion #fireisland #imonaboat

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#invasionofthepines #fireislandpines

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#prince #letsgocrazy #fireislandpines #invasion #july4th #amazing #party #drag #loveislove

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Happy July 4th! from #fireislandpines #fip #invasion #summergram #instagay

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I write about drag queens. Dolly Parton once ruffled my hair and said I was "just the cutest thing ever."
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