Púlpito Drag Derby
Friday May 24, 4pm-8pm
Along Pulpito Street and Olas Altas
This year’s Vallarta Pride Festival will once again feature the Púlpito Drag Derby, one of the most unique block parties in the world! After several years of being organized by the Amapas Neighborhood Association, 2019 will mark a “changing of the guard,” and SETAC, Vallarta’s LGBT Community Wellness Center, is taking over the reins of the event. They have made several major changes and additions to the event, designed to make it bigger, better and more fun than ever before!
1) Food Court. This year’s Púlpito Drag Derby will feature food stands for the first time ever! Several local restaurants and eateries, including some long-time participants at the Saturday Tianguis at Lázaro Cárdenas Park, will have a tent and sell their food items. Participants confirmed so far are Ché Vallarta, selling Argentine empanadas; Sabores Helados, selling gourmet ice cream; Perros Locos, selling gourmet hot dogs; Hotel Mercurio’s famous sliders from Beers, Boys, and Burgers; Charlie’s Tacos selling tacos al pastor, and Mr. Cabos selling their fish tacos.
2) Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show. Beginning at 5:00 p.m., several local male models will start strutting their stuff on the main stage, wearing swimsuits designed by Mercurio Swim, Zuppos, Amsterdam, and Andrew Christian.
3) New Challenges for the Drag Contestants. They have arranged for several new contests, taking advantage of the presence of male models! These include, among others, an arm-wrestling challenge against the models, a “dunk the model” booth, and a toilet toss! Each of the challenges will once again be sponsored by a local business.
4) Closed-Circuit Video. Designed to address one of the bigger attendee complaints from previous years, this year’s event will feature several cameras capturing all the action from the stage and the various challenges and display it live on a large LCD screen behind the main stage.
Schedule of Events
4:00 PM – Gates Open
5:00 PM – Men’s Swimwear Fashion Show
5:45 PM – Main Drag Show
6:30 PM – Drag Challenges
7:40 PM – 8:00 PM
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