Evening Gowns, stilettos and jeweled crowns — it must be time for The 34th Annual Queen Mother Pageant, presented by John “Ma” Evans Productions and La Te Da on Monday, May 15, 2017.
This must-see Key West tradition benefits Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice of the Florida Keys (VNA/HFK) and One Human Family. Taking over Duval Street in front of La Te Da (1125 Duval), contestants compete in categories such as “evening gown,” “talent” and, of course, the interview to decide who will be crowned the Queen Mother 34.
The Queen Mother Pageant is a “just for fun” drag pageant that has raised over $190,000 for local charities in the past 33 years. According to John “Ma” Evans, a former Queen Mother himself and owner of the pageant, the Queen Mother Pageant dates back 34 years when Chris Bang, then owner of Pigeon House, began the pageant to elect someone to represent the LGBT community at local charity events. Today, the title of Queen Mother carries responsibilities of not only acting as an LGBT community ambassador, but also creating and producing at least three fundraisers for charities of their choice throughout their reigning year.
Attracting local residents, local and state politicians, and Key West visitors, The Queen Mother Pageant promises not to disappoint. Dancing stilettos, fantastic wigs and fabulous dresses mean every guest will leave the event with a smile on their face, a buzz in their head and a greater appreciation for the royal court in their battle for the Queen Mother (QM) crown. Be there on May 15 as QM 33 Charlize Angel crowns QM 34. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts promptly at 8 p.m. Table seating ranges from $200 to $500 per table. Tables seat eight and must be reserved early, as they sell out fast. Tables, individual seats and standing room tickets can be purchased by calling John “Ma” Evans at 305-296-9741 or at the door. For more information, contact VNA/HFK Development & Volunteer Coordinator Becky Love at 305-294-8812 or firstname.lastname@example.org.