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Lady Bunny is reviving Wigstock next month so get ready

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Lady Bunny and others at Wigstock in 2000 | Photo: Wikimedia/Slifshutz

The legendary drag festival Wigstock is making its glorious return to New York next month, thanks to people like Lady Bunny and Neil Patrick Harris.

It’s returning on Labor Day, historically the day the festival always took place on before.

Lady Bunny founded the outdoor festival in the 1980s. The first one launched spontaneously in 1984 when Lady Bunny and other drag queens put on an impromptu show in Tompkins Square Park.

It took place there until the 1990s when Rudy Giuliani banned the location and moved the festival to the Hudson River.

2001 was the last official Wigstock, although Lady Bunny and others would appear at the Howl Festival in Tompkins Square Park for the next few years.

Now, Wigstock is back.

Wigstock is back

It’s baaaaaack | Photo: Instagram @official_lady_bunny

In an Instagram post, Lady Bunny wrote: ‘Wigstock did not curl up and dye. The drag festival of wigs, love and hair-piece returns Saturday September 1st to Pier 17!’

She adds the line-up for the revived festival is a ‘dream cast’ with over 50 performers.

‘Costumes encouraged but there I [is] limited seating, so sensible (if glamorous) pumps are recommended,’ she concluded.

And NPH’s role?

Neil Patrick Harris and husband David Burtka are two of the event’s executive producers.

‘I am now drunk with excitement to help bring back a show filled with over-the-top and sometimes out-of-control performances at a time when we all desperately need to come together, to laugh and to be entertained,’ he said.

In 2014, Harris won a Tony Award for his role as Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Actors perform the role totally in drag.

Tickets for Wigstock are here.

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