Winter for our friends up North means months of unflattering layers and freezing temperatures. That's not a narrative anyone born and raised in the 305 can even pretend to comprehend. Winter for South Floridians means donning your skimpiest bathing suits, fiercest heels, and prepping your wig for
But how does a spectacle like
The local queer scene has undoubtedly taken over the 305. But if there's one uncharted territory the beautiful and thriving alternative community has yet to explore, it's the ocean. Queef Latina explains how Wigwood's kickoff event evolved into a maritime bash. "Adam... was like, 'Hey, why don't we do a boat?' And at
The annual queer festival — returning February 1 through 3, 2019 — will present local and national entertainment and talent such as queer performances, drag shows, live music, DJs, artists, and vendors. The party gets started on February 1 aboard the 300-person yacht Musette's four-hour cruise on Biscayne Bay. The next day, February 2, the fun will head to Gramps in Wynwood, followed by a pool party at the Broken Shaker February 3. This edition's theme is "Deep-Sea Creatures."
"[The Musette] is really campy; it's cute," Queef adds. "It's not like
Because space on the yacht is limited, the Biscayne Bay bash will be "a music party, not so much performance-based," Queef explains. Ideally, she'd like to have at least one or two performances at the kickoff party. "It's going to be kind of like the Met Gala. Come in your looks."
If you've experienced past editions of
Curation, imagery, and community support are a few of the keys to a successful fest. "[We seek] out people in the community who are making a difference and who are working to make this community better and [include] them,"
Asked what she considers her most gratifying Wigwood moment, Queef excitedly reminisces, "I think my proudest moment this past one was that Gloria Estefan was there. I think I feel to be recognized by someone that I consider to be so untouchable and from a whole other playing field, to come and be there as a local, not as a celebrity, not as a performer, but just to be there as a local and celebrate." Estefan's daughter Emily performed in the band To Jasper at that edition of
"Everybody should come out because you're not only supporting your local artists and performers and
As the festival continues to evolve, one can only imagine where it will be in the next five years.
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11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 2, at Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami; 305-699-2669; gramps.com.