Los Globos nightclub was packed with wall to wall drag queens and the ones who support them for a Dragstrip 66 30-Year Anniversary Reunion on Saturday, April 23, 2023. The monthly event ran for 20 years, from 1993 to 2013, which ended on their 20th anniversary. There is also a documentary currently in the works.
Men donned their frocks and headed to Silverlake to relive some memories, and create new ones. “So many of our still loyal patrons have been begging us to bring it back in any manner,” said producer Paul V. Vitagliano. “Especially with all this hate-filled, right-wing MAGA bullshit targeting drag queens now. When we started, our political activism had to focus on HIV and AIDS after 12 years of Reagan and Bush. And now here we are AGAIN, 30 years later, still having to fight that poison as if nothing has changed.”
Paul V decided to do a special “30th Anniversary Reunion” and the response was a sold out night. He said patrons who date back to the days when the event was hosted at Rudolpho’s, traveled to LA from SF, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, NYC and even Hawaii. “It’s truly, insane when you think about it,” he said. “But that’s how special Dragstrip was to everyone.”
The night was filled with performers that ranged from Kay Sedia, Jackie Beat, Sherry Vine, Alaska Thunderfuck, and Kelly Mantle, and more. There were also video messages throughout the night from the queens who couldn’t make it like Willam and Varla Jean Merman to name of few.
Paul V says part of Dragstrip 66’s history is how a lot of the Los Angeles girls eventually ended up on RuPaul’s Drag Race, all got their start performing at or attended on this special night dedicated to drag queens, such as Willam, Detox, Alaska, Raja, Tammie Brown, Kelly Mantle, and Delta Work. Back in those days they had voices so no lip synching. They sang live to song parodies, or to their own tracks.
“Dear anyone and everyone who joined us last night” wrote Paul V on his Facebook page the morning after. “Like Mz. Allana said in the greetings video, ‘Each and every one of you are the fierce magic of DRAGSTRIP 66, and we LOVE you!’ …THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! And stay tuned, cuz Dragstrip 66 WILL be back!”