Drag Queen Visibility Day in Asbury Park on May 7 

Drag Queen Visibility Day
Asbury Park declares Sunday, May 7, 2023 as "Drag Queen Visibility Day."

The City of Asbury Park declared May 7th Drag Queen Visibility Day in 2023. This was in response to the unfathomable amount of anti-drag and anti-trans laws being introduced into legislation across the country. The proclamation began in earnest with a request from the management at Paradise nightclub in 2023 and was swiftly recognized by both the state legislature and many other local and state officials.

“This year Paradise will continue the tradition of celebrating this milestone with the LGBTQ community and show our support of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters throughout the nation and beyond,” said Paradise/Empress manager Ryan Jimenez.

“On May 7th, 2024 we will gather at Paradise to host several events including a Drag Car Wash, a march across the boardwalk, Drag Zumba class, Drag Bingo and more. Our night will conclude with the main event featuring performances by Miss Paradise 2024, Freeda Kulo and several former title holders.”

Paradise invites everyone  to join the local drag community at 7pm as they “drag the boards,” a walk from the Carousel building to Convention Hall  and back down Ocean Avenue to cross the rainbow crosswalk at the Paradise entrance.

“We will ask for a suggested donation of $10 for our Drag Car Wash and a $10 cash cover charge will be in place starting at 7:30pm for all other events,” said the club.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Trevor Project.

Drag the Boards, Zumba, Bingo and the main event are being sponsored by House of Love Cocktails.

“Last year we saw tremendous support from our community and beyond,” said Jimenez. “We are so grateful for the support from both our local and state legislators, our community, our allies, our media who recognized the importance of our stance and our friends across the globe.  We showed that we shall not live in fear and that Drag is more than just entertainment.”

For more information and the schedule of events, check out the Paradise website, https://www.paradisenj.com/dqvd.