Emmy ® Award-winners RuPaul and World of Wonder (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing,” upcoming documentaries “STONEWALL OUTLOUD” and “Liberty: Mother of Exiles”) hosted the fifth annual and largest ever RuPaul’s DragCon LA at the Los Angeles Convention Center this weekend. Attendees from 44 different countries mixed and mingled with over 75 of the world’s top Drag Queens and other talent at the massively successful drag and pop culture convention. RuPaul’s DragCon NYC tickets are now on sale for the weekend of September 6th-8th, and the convention returns to Los Angeles May 1st-3rd, 2020.
Created by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul’s DragCon is a family-friendly event welcoming attendees of all ages and backgrounds to kiki with all of their favorite drag queens, stars, and celebrity friends of the show in a creative, friendly and accessible environment. The three day event included extensively curated panels with topics ranging from defying the gender binary and activating your intersectional activism, to love and relationships, to celebrity drag makeovers. RuPaul himself DJ’ed two dance party sets for all attendees to enjoy. The TikTok-sponsored main stage included live performances by Broadway legend Nikki Blonksy and queens like Adore Delano, among others. Also on the floor for the first time was literal drag racing in go-karts, talent signings, and more than 50 Instagrammable moments including the real Werkroom entrance from “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Over 350 exhibitor booths offered attendees some of the most sickening shopping around.
“Five years in, RuPaul’s DragCon has become the most inclusive party on earth – a safe place to laugh, dance and celebrate every color of the rainbow,” said RuPaul, supermodel of the world. “Thank you to our sponsors, vendors, and the queendom that make all of this possible.”
“DragCon has become a giant hug that the world really needs now,” said World of Wonder co-founders Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato. “This year, we previewed our new film ‘Stonewall Outloud,’ a timely reminder that this party and celebration began thanks to the courage of trailblazers who refused to be oppressed and tore down the walls of bigotry and hate. From DragCon LA to DragCon NYC and beyond, we are so grateful to everyone involved for sending a message of love and inclusiveness all around the world.”
The convention featured Queens and other celebrity talent for performances, meet and greets, panels and more, including: RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Trixie Mattel, Katya, Adore Delano, Nina West, Peppermint, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Trinity the Tuck, Jasmine Masters, Miss Vanjie, Akeria C. Davenport, Lance Bass, Daniel Franzese, Nicole Byer, Gillian Jacobs, Patrick Starrr, LipstickNick, Brandi Glanville, Bachelorette Becca Kufrin, Carson Kressley, Todrick Hall, Rachel Bloom, Constance Zimmer, Melonie Diaz, Alaska, Alyssa Edwards, Aquaria, Blair St. Clair, Eureka, Acid Betty, Aja, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Kameron Michaels, Yvie Oddly, Monet X Change, Mayhem Miller, Raja, Latrice Royale, Detox, India Ferrah, Ginger Minj, Sharon Needles, Ross Mathews, Hannah Hart, Rebecca Black, and World of Wonder co-founders & DragCon creators Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey.