Spring Drag Show features local queens and DubH


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Jade Knight during the 2019 Fall Drag Show in the Great Hall in the Memorial Union on Nov. 2.

Drag royalty will take over The Maintenance Shop at the Spring Drag Show, hosted by Pride Alliance. There will be two shows Saturday, with the matinee show starting at 2 p.m. and the evening show starting at 7 p.m.

“The matinee show will be the same performers as the evening show, but we’re marketing the matinee show as a little more family-friendly,” said Piper Carroll, Student Union Board multicultural awareness co-director.

Drag queens from Ames, Des Moines and Omaha will be performing, including Jade Knight and Loretta Stone. Each queen will perform two songs, and tipping performers is highly encouraged.

“We are going to be providing all the performers Venmo handles in case people want to tip that way,” said Madison Mason, Pride Alliance president.

DubH, an Iowa State hip-hop dance group, will perform during intermission.

Mason said there were conflicts while planning the 2022 drag show. After a conservative group on campus released a statement claiming the show to be wrong for sexual indecency, Mason received an abundance of support from those who wanted to see the show continue.

“It just showed how much more people supported us than people hated us,” Mason said. “It proves that shows like this and clubs like mine are important and that we need to keep doing things like this.”

With recent anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation being passed, Mason is excited to shine a light on queer performers.

“We don’t need to please anybody,” Mason said. “We still flash our pins everywhere, we promote drag shows, we support local community events and we facilitate protests.”

Pride Alliance is not concerned about protests for this year’s show. They have taken security measures to ensure the safety of attendees, performers and volunteers, according to Mason.

Carroll said this venue is the perfect place to hold a drag show because the performers are easily able to move around and interact with the crowd.

“The whole venue just feels very alive,” said Bryan Stewart, Student Union Board multicultural awareness co-director. “It just feels positive and inclusive.”

Tickets cost $8 and can be purchased at the Maintenance Shop from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or online.