Tracks Nightclub/Exdo Events Center partnered with eight other Colorado LGBTQ bars, Denver drag queen Jessica L'Whor and Robin MacKinnon of the drag-king group Mile High Kingdom to present Denver Drag Days, a weekend of drag events honoring the monthly drag showcase.
The festivities began March 29 with a special edition of Drag Nation that included entertainers from around the country, as well as local performers; Mayor Michael Hancock started the show by declaring it "Drag Nation Day."
But this was more than just a daylong event: The weekend celebration was designed to make drag accessible to as many people as possible, with all-ages events for families, workshops for aspiring drag performers, and panels where attendees could ask experienced drag performers about their art form. The March 29 performance was also the first ASL-interpreted Drag Nation show, thanks to two representatives from Rainfrog Interpreting.
Drag queen Shirley Delta Blow offered this: "Drag history is important because it mirrors the history of queer rights. If we remember where we have come from — not just as drag performers, but as queer people — we can have hope for where we're going in the future."
Every performer on the panel highlighted the importance of drag as a safe space for queer people to negotiate gender roles, and as a way to start conversations around political issues affecting the queer community. As Venus Anne Sexton put it: "We are not doing it to make a coin, we're doing it to make a fucking difference."
While the official schedule wrapped up at 6 p.m. March 30, participating LGBTQ bars Tracks, Charlie's, Hamburger Mary's, Pride & Swagger, Vybe and X Bar all held their own after-parties late into the night.
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Another announcement: With the success of the initial event under the community's bedazzled belt, plans for the second annual Denver Drag Days are already in the works, scheduled for the last weekend of March 2020.