For the past six years over 100 people from all walks of life have graduated from nine different cycles of the New Orleans Drag Workshop with its ‘Draguation’ performance and ceremony that is held this year at the AllWays Lounge & Cabaret in the Marigny in New Orleans, Monday, March 25, 2019.  Some men in the group dress up as Drag Queens, though all different sexual orientations and genders maybe Queens, while some women dress up as men also known as Drag Kings. The performers range from seasoned professionals trying out a new act to novices who have never performed in front of a live audience. The Head Mister-ess of the weeks long workshop is Vinsantos DeFonte, center, who also acts as the master of ceremonies for the event. Vinsantos and his coaches teach the draguates how to apply drag makeup, chose music and how to lip-sync, and build a persona and stage presence. Vinsantos says the workshop 'continues to inspire and nurture the truly adventurous in spirit and turn out sickening after sickening queen, kings and all things in between.' Photo by Matthew Hinton

Condrag-ulations graduates! New drag queens, kings, and in-betweens make their debut

The performers range from seasoned professionals trying out a new act to novices who have never performed in front of a live audience.

by Mary Staes | March 26, 2019

For the past six years more than 100 people from all walks of life have graduated from nine different cycles of the New Orleans Drag Workshop with its “Draguation” performance and ceremony, held at the AllWays Lounge & Cabaret in the Marigny on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Some men in the group dress up as drag queens, and though all different sexual orientations and genders may be queens, some women dress up as men also known as “drag kings”. The performers range from seasoned professionals trying out a new act to novices who have never performed in front of a live audience.

The head mister-ess of the weeks-long workshop is Vinsantos DeFonte, who also acts as the master of ceremonies for the event. Vinsantos and his coaches teach the draguates how to apply drag makeup, choose music and lip-sync, and to build a persona and stage presence. Vinsantos says the workshop “continues to inspire and nurture the truly adventurous in spirit and turn out sickening after sickening queen, kings and all things in between.”

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Mary Staes

Mary Staes

Mary Staes is Digital Content Lead for Very Local. She works with our freelancers and crafts content for our social media platforms and website. Before Very Local, she worked with CBS affiliate WWL-TV as a web producer and weekend assignment editor for about 4 years. She has also handled broadcast coverage for 160 Marine Reserve training facilities while she served as an active duty Marine. As a native New Orleanian, she takes being "very local" to heart. She loves being intertwined with the culture and figuring out how there are less than two degrees of separation between us all, whether we're natives or not.

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