Organizers hope for 1,000 attendees
Florida Atlantic University is ready to host their fifth annual drag show, and it is bound to be bigger than ever.
Set for Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 p.m., the show is quickly gaining popularity in the South Florida community.
“Every year it’s doubled in size,” said Emily Cohen, the LGBTQA specialist at FAU’s Resource Center. “This year, my goal is to get a thousand.”
This is a long way from the first drag show, which filled a room with approximately 150, with even more trying to get in.
“The room was packed to capacity,” Cohen said. “People were out in the hallway and outside the windows looking in. It was definitely a successful event.”
This is the first year that the show will be selling tickets to the general public.
Cohen also sees the drag show as a way to highlight FAU and the resources that it provides to LGBT students.
“We want to shine a light on what we have to offer as a university,” Cohen said. “I know that when looking for a university to go to or to send your children to if they are out, that is something you are going to look for.”
Much of the popularity of the show can be credited to Gerald Arroyo-Prada, the emcee for the show who goes by the stage name Ariel Rimm.
“I’ll be on campus early that day, and I’ll be out in drag and talking to students,” Arroyo-Prada said. “I’ll be making sure the frat boys are comfortable.”
Arroyo-Prada has high hopes for the future of the show as well, comparing it to the show done at UCF annually.
“Who’s to say this can’t grow to that size? We’ve been doing this for five years and look at how far it’s come,” Arroyo-Prada said. “If we continue, there’s no reason we won't reach that 3,000 or 4,000 mark.”
He also wants everyone to know “they can come out and be comfortable whether they are gay, bi, straight, orange or purple.”
New to this year’s show is Rubber Child, a South Florida native drag queen.
“He does amazing in his videos, and I’m really excited to see him in person,” said FAU senior, Michel Rose.
The tickets run for $20 at the door, and are still free for FAU students.
Sept. 25 at 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.)
Where: Map It
FAU Carole & Barry Kaye Auditorium
777 Glades Road,
Boca Raton Florida 33431
Free for FAU students
$20 at the door