ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Thanks to “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” drag, the art of female impersonation, is huge. Whether you are an entertainment reporter or drag fanatic, you won’t want to miss the 48th annual Miss Gay America pageant taking place October 2-5 in St. Louis.
Established in Nashville in 1972, The Miss Gay America Pageant is the world’s first, longest running and most prestigious nationwide female impersonator (aka drag) competition.
Nearly 50 contestants from over one hundred city, state and regional preliminaries currently happening across the country will compete for the Miss Gay America 2020 crown.
Contestants will compete in five judged categories: Presentation (themed costume), Male Interview (in suit and tie), Talent (big production number with costumes, sets and dancers), Evening Gown, and On Stage Interview.
The pageant will honor the reigning Miss Gay America 2019, Andora Te’tee of New York City, and feature performances by a dozen former Miss Gay Americas, known as “Forevers.”
The pageant’s theme, chosen by the Andora Te’tee, is “Beyond the Stars.” “We are taking Miss Gay America into the future,” she says about the theme. “Miss Gay America 2020 contestants will dress in futuristic space couture, creative costumes for the Presentation category on the final night. Former MGAs will dress as space goddesses. I chose a space theme because the future is unknown, so the contestants can be extremely creative. I can’t wait to see the future of drag come to life right before our eyes!”
Miss Gay America 2020 happens from October 2 – 5 in St. Louis. October 2 and 3 are preliminary nights, after which the remaining top 10 contestants will compete for the Miss Gay America crown on October 5. On October 4 is the big revue show, featuring performances by former Miss Gay Americas from across the U.S.
The first three nights take place at the enormous Hamburger Mary’s drag themed restaurant and nightclub in downtown St. Louis (owned by Miss Gay America owners Rob Mansman and Michael Dutzer with partner David Pardue). The final night will take place at the Gateway Events center in O’Fallon, IL, about 15 minutes drive from St. Louis.
The official hotel for the event is the Hampton Inn Downtown at the Gateway Arch across the street from Hamburger Mary’s at 333 Washington Ave. Those attending the pageant who wish to stay in the hotel at a discounted price should mention the group name “Miss Gay America.”
Miss Gay America 2020
October 2 – 5, 2019
St. Louis, MO 63102
Preliminary Nights October 2 & 3 ($15.00)
Revue Show October 4 ($20.00)
Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis
400 Washington Ave.
St. Louis, MO
Tickets both nights at the door
Final Night & Crowning of Miss Gay America 2020
1237 Central Park Dr.
O’Fallon, IL. 62269 (about 15 minutes drive from St. Louis)
Doors 5:00 p.m.
Showtime: 7:00 p.m.
Final night reserved and general admission tickets $65 – $650 at http://www.mgatickets.com
Miss Gay America @missgayamerica
Miss Gay America 2019 Andora Te’tee @andoraofficial