While most of us were busy eating hot dogs, drinking beer and watching fireworks over the Fourth of July weekend, NewNowNext whorespondent Willam Belli hit the Pines in Fire Island for the annual Invasion, when hundreds of drag queens descend on the gay resort community from nearby Cherry Grove. It’s a celebration of the original drag-queen invasion in 1976, when a fleet of queens sailed from the Grove to the Pines when one of their number was refused service.
As they have for nearly 4o years, the hordes arrived by ferry and sashay down the runway one by one on the pool deck. We saw Hedda Lettuce, homages to Paula Deen and the Kardashian clan, and more than a few girls that beggar description. And the festivities were especially festive this year with the opening of the brand-new Pavilion, the center of nightlife in the Pines.
Wearing a patriotic frock and sky-high Louboutins, Willam braved the sweltering heat and coaxed the Fire Island boys into drinking, stripping and of course making poor choices. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our independence.
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