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RuPaul's Drag Race finalists to perform at Julia's Pride

by Boy Mike - Special to the SGN

Gay Pride in Seattle has offered pretty much the same fare year after year. The Pride Parade, the rally, the great food booths, you know the rest. This Pride, it's time for something fresh and exciting to add to this year's festivities.

Julia's on Broadway and Le Faux will present its first annual block party on Saturday, June 27 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Broadway and Thomas St. The much-anticipated Block Party is free, however donations may be made for the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. There will be a beer garden and fabulous entertainment throughout the day, including live DJs and dancing.

Sean Paul, the star of Le Faux, tells me, "we will feature our regular Le Faux performance at Julia's on Friday, June 26th to kick off pride weekend at 10 p.m." He then adds, "The Block Party will feature RuPaul's Drag Race fan favorites Shannel and Ongina."

Additional performers include cast members of Le Faux, offering dead ringer celebrity look-alike performances of your favorite MTV divas such as Lady GaGa, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Cher, Tina Turner, Dolly Parton and the queen of pop, Madonna. In addition, there will be a rare performance by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

Sean Paul tells me, "During the Block Party, I'm having a Le Faux talent search contest and the winner will receive a one-year contract with Le Faux." Contestants may apply at Broadway Boutique or Trendy Wendy. "What I'm really excited about is Shannel co-hosting Le Faux with me on Saturday."

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday's Le Faux are available at www.brownpapertickets.com or in person at Panache on Broadway. Ongina is especially excited to play Seattle. "I grew up in Edmonds and I went to school there. There are a lot of memories in the city, and by playing the Block Party, I want to add another. Performing in Seattle is a huge deal for me a since this will be sort of a homecoming. A few of my friends that I keep in touch with are excited to see me perform, as well. None of them has ever seen me on stage. It's very exciting and nerve-wracking to have my friends and family watch me perform".

Shannel tells me, "My life has changed drastically not only as an entertainer but also as a person. I have had the opportunity to travel the United States and showcase who 'Shannel' really is. I don't feel that the RuPaul show truly showed us as entertainers. I am so privileged to have been one of the chosen nine to make the true art form of drag a household name".

Shannel adds, "I'm super-excited to be in Seattle for Pride, not only to see Sean Paul again, but it's always exciting to perform for people who haven't seen me. When you get so accustomed to working for the same crowds every week here in Vegas, they tend to become spoiled, whereas in other cities they appreciate more of what I do. Seattle is a beautiful city, and I just hope to leave a lasting impression and come back year after year to entertain. Watch out, Seattle, here I come!"

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