Pride Weekend Pre-Gaming With Horrorchata

“I think it’s about time I open that Red Bull,” moans Brooklyn drag queen -- and one of the stars of our 2013 swimsuit spread -- Horrorchata, who’s noticeably exhausted after a draining week of hosting and performing for Pride parties across New York City. It’s only Friday, however, and she still has a packed weekend of appearances ahead of her. We meet in her Bushwick apartment -- just a few doors down from the newly closed Wreck Room -- hours before she’s scheduled to perform a number at “Riot” alongside nightlife queen about town, Lady Simon.

Inside her pad, Horrorchata’s walls are dripping with hanging wigs, her shelves lined with stacks of hats and her clothing racks filled with what looks like the wardrobe for a Broadway musical’s dance troupe. While a soundtrack of sugary pop hits like Madonna’s “Holiday” and Britney Spears’ “Womanizer” blares, the queen sits quietly painting her face in front of a mirror while Lady Simon gives other friends quick makeovers and rants about ex-boyfriends and embarrassing party memories. “I’ve fallen asleep at Spectrum a couple times,” Simon says. “I’ll wake up at 7 a.m. and be like, ‘oh it’s fine, it’s cute -- it’s like a bedroom.”

Around 2 a.m., Horrorchata calls for a car and announces that she’ll be making a costume change when we arrive at the Ivy House for “Riot,” much to Lady Simon’s amusement. “Girl, this is not going to be a green room situation, tonight,” Simon coos. She's right -- the cramped venue is brimming with sweaty kids wearing layered costumes while dancing and drinking in unbearable temperatures. Horrorchata opts for a seat outside, fanning herself casually until her performance of “Call Your Girlfriend” by Robyn. True to the evening’s unruliness, Horrorchata finally unleashes a high-energy number on stage, complete with a crowd-surfing grand finale. Take a look at photos from the night, below.

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