Brittany Travis

The Queens Got Political At This Year’s Pines Invasion

With Alyssa Edwards returning to judge who had the best look!

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—the event on Fire Island where hundreds of drag queens board a ferry in Cherry Grove, and disembark in the neighboring village of the Pines to show off their wild looks for the cheering crowd.

The theme song for this year’s runway show off the ferry was “American” by RuPaul with multiple queens’ looks having a political theme like recreations of Kathy Griffin’s infamous Trump photo and characters from The Handmaid’s Tale.

Drag Race alumni Alyssa Edwards judged the post-Invasion pool show, where she scored the top looks and made the final two queens lip sync for their lives. Alyssa ended the show with a splash—literally—as she removed her sculptured wig and jumped in the pool.

Scroll through below to see an Instagram roundup of queens who proved that this year they came to slay—and remember, it’s never too early to start planning next year’s outfit.

Of course the theme song to this year's #pinesinvasion2017 is "American" by @rupaulofficial ??⛴???️‍?

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Life is a drag #pinesinvasion2017 #fireislandpines #yachttotrythis #yachtlife

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Musical theatre queens! #drag #fireisland #pinesinvasion2017 #gay #ginger #rupaulsdragrace

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@alyssaedwards_1 is here to judge the #pinesinvasion2017 pool show #DragRace ??

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What could me more american than running into #misspiggy ? during the #pinesinvasion ? ?

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Hanging out with royalty today. ?my queens #pinesinvasion #fip

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God bless America ?? Happy 4th!

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#pinesinvasion from #cherrygrove to ferry to red carpet arrival in the Pines #dragqueen

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More Senoritas of #cherrygrove Build sugar walls, not brick walls #pinesinvasion #dragqueen

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Just a typical Fire Island 4th! ????

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Invasion!!! #fip #pinesinvasion #draginvasion #kingsizequeen #dragqueen #cherrygrove #instagay

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#happyjuly4th #fireisland #fireislandpines #summer2017 #summer #nyc? ????‍♂️??

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Drag Queen Invasion, Fire Island, aka the only Fourth of July parade worth attending.

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Invasion #july4th

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????✨| pines

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#fireisland #invasion ?️‍?✌???

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Invasion day drag comp, fire island….. so good!

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Went to a place called the pines today, saw this queen kill it. I'll be back soon. #4thofjuly #pride

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Happy independence day!! ?#independenceday #fireisland #godblessamerica #4thofjuly

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Solidarity!!! @kathygriffin we love you girl!!! #fip #fireisland #fireislandinvasion2017

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Cheers to the #july4th ??of #fireisland ?????

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#invasion #4thofjuly #freedom #rupaul #instamood #instacool #instadaily #instagram #nyctraveler

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@alyssaedwards_1 removes wig and jumps in the pool!! ???#pinesinvasion2017

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