DRESS UP FOR D-DAY

Drag queens storm the beaches of Fire Island

Fire Island is one big gay beach party during the summer, but that wasn’t always the case. Sure, it was always gay, but there was a time when the rich yuppies in the Pines neighborhood didn’t take kindly to the flamboyant drag queens who prowled around nearby Cherry Grove. As legend has it, a Cherry Grove queen was barred entry into a Pines restaurant in 1976, and when her gal pals found out, they stormed the Pines like it was World War III—the first-ever Invasion of the Pines. Every year since, Cherry Grove’s guests get all dolled up and make their way to the Pines by boat—a splendid barge of beauty. Today, the queens are greeted on the Pines side by cheers and adoration—as well they should
Fri., July 4, noon, 2008

 
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