Fredo Rivera '06, assistant professor of art history, contributed an article to The Advocate on Miami's growing drag festival:
Miami’s premier drag festival, Wigwood, took place this weekend, with the aim to transport visitors to another world.
In many ways, Wigwood highlights a queer renaissance taking place within South Florida, where multiple venues, regularly scheduled parties and events, and advocacy groups are flourishing. Begun by Miami-based drag queen and artist Queef Latina, Wigwood just wrapped its second iteration with much larger ambitions. Drawing from its theme of “aliens on vacation,” the festival included drag performances by renown and local performers, along with a fashion show, a panel on queer identity, a platform for local vendors, and a closing pool party.
The growth and expansion of Wigwood into a multifaceted venue of queer brilliance parallels both Miami’s growing influence in the arts and its emerging drag scene.
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