It was an evening of glitter, neon wigs and Brooke Candy-style opulence at Lulu's Saturday night. Brooklyn's fabulously eclectic drag scene had descended on the Greenpoint bar for the final round of the second annual Mr(s) Williamsburg drag pageant. After nine weeks of competition, four finalists remained, one for each venue affiliated with the show and one wildcard: Charlene (repping This N' That), Chris of HUR (Lulu's) and Aja (Metropolitan) and Miss Cherry Delight (wildcard). Hosted by Miss Darlinda Just Darlinda and produced by Alotta McGriddles, the pageant also featured a panel of judges that included last year’s winner Macy Rodman, Scary Ben, former Beautiful Person Merrie Cherry, Thorgy Thor, Aaron D. Kint, and Krystal Something Something, all of whom performed.
For the first round, contestants told the audience what their new weekly party was going to be called (to be held at the venues where they each had previously claimed victory) and explained what they planned to do with that night. This was also their opportunity to say whatever they wanted. Aja took to the stage and said, “I just want to say that I have died and risen within the last year, and that’s why I chose to come as a phoenix tonight. I’m a new person, and I’m not here for myself; I’m here for everybody in here, and the fucking community. I’m here to make sure that every person and performer has a platform to keep getting on like they gave me, and that’s pretty much it!”
Next it was the talent portion and these ladies' performances were a veritable freakshow of gender-bending chaos. Mr(s) Lulu’s Chris of HUR gave a standout number... though it was a little hairy (literally). Charlene, in just a thong and duct-taped nipples, conducted the audience in a three-part harmony using the mantra “Charlene is Ms. Williamsburg.” Sadly, she was not crowned as such. Miss Cherry Delight, a burlesque performer who was booted but then re-selected for the finals as Ms. Wildcard, pantomimed a scene reenacting “a first date gone wrong.” Aja -- a.k.a. Mr(s) Metropolitan --- turnt it up immediately with her kinetic performance, jumping and flipping and dismounting around in a sexy clown get-up to Azealia Banks and Nicki Minaj. Although Aja’s act was the shortest, it was the most engaging and ultimately she wound up winning the title Mr(s) Williamsburg, a $500 cash prize and a one-of-a-kind brooch that Miss Darlinda wore on her cooch the entire night. Re-live the memories courtesy of photos by Paper's Rebecca Smeyne, below.
photo by Rebecca Smeyne