Every once in a while, there's a moment so Miami that it seems as though the Earth will shatter and a flock of neon-pink flamingos will fly from its glitter-filled core.
This past Sunday, worlds collided in some alternative universe when Ana Navarro, Gloria Estefan, and Emilio Estefan danced the conga with a group of drag performers while Miami Sound Machine's 1985 hit "Conga" played.
Navarro was celebrating her upcoming marriage to Al Cardenas at R House Wynwood's drag brunch, which is fast becoming the place to view celebrities downing mimosas. Padma Lakshmi partied at the restaurant/art gallery last month.
Navarro — who requested several numbers for the drag queens to perform, including "Proud Mary" (performed by Asheeria Pryce), "Bodak Yellow" (performed by Malayah Damore), and "You're the One That I Want" (performed by Athena Dion and TP Lords) — was surprised by the Estefans, who showed up to wish the bride-to-be well.
Navarro, the Republican strategist and commentator who is famously opposed to President Donald Trump's border wall and anti-immigration stance, forgot politics for the afternoon. Instead, she danced in a conga line, led by drag-show hostess Athena Dion, along with the Estefans. In the past, Gloria Estefan has been quoted as saying she's not affiliated with Republicans or Democrats. In 2010, the Estefans caught heat from some members of Miami's Cuban-American community for hosting a fundraiser for Barack Obama at their Star Island home.
The Estefans and Navarro were also treated to an impromptu dance by R House's most energetic server, Anibal Castillo, who performed to Estefan's "Dr. Beat."
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Drag performer Athena Dion said the afternoon came about after Navarro's sister called asking whether a drag brunch would be a fun alternative to a more traditional garden party for the political pundit's soiree. Dion's response: "You don't know you need a drag queen at a party until you have a drag queen at your party!" Dion said that, although she knew of Navarro's gathering, she was shocked and thrilled by Gloria Estefan's appearance. "She's the patron saint of every Miami drag queen."
Dion, dressed as Estefan, introduced Navarro as "the realest bitch on TV." Dion said the bride-to-be had a hand in initiating the celebrity-studded conga line. "For my finale, I came out and did 'Conga.' Ana is telling me to grab Emilio [Estefan], and Gloria grabs him, and the entire restaurant jumps up to dance with drag queen Gloria and real Gloria."
A Miami moment to be sure. Cue the neon-pink flamingos.
R House. 2727 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-576-0201; rhousewynwood.com.