What RuPaul’s DragCon Means to ‘Drag Race’ Alumni Like Yvie Oddly

I bet you’ve never seen much charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent in one place. This September, RuPaul’s DragCon returns to New York City, bursting with color and overflowing with love and acceptance. What is it like attending this drag convention as a performer? Thanks to an interview with the Asbury Park Press, RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Yvie Oddly and Ariel Versace elaborated on attending DragCon and their time after the reality series.

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RuPaul’s DragCon | Santiago Felipe/FilmMagic

What is RuPaul’s DragCon?

If you’ve ever wanted to meet the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race, attending RuPaul’s DragCon is your best bet. DragCon is the world largest drag culture convention and includes appearances from celebrities like Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Visage, and, of course, RuPaul.

The convention recently appeared in Los Angeles and returns to New York City this fall for the three-day event. For some fans and members of the LGBTQ community, RuPaul’s DragCon is a safe, creative space, where attendees feel welcomed and accepted.

This September, RuPaul’s DragCon comes to the Javits Center in New York City

There’s good news for New York fans of drag. At this year’s New York City convention, attendees will have the opportunity to see their favorite drag performers from the Emmy-award winning competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race. Some queens will even have their own booths, where they can meet fans one-on-one.

There will be plenty of panels featuring everyone from Broadway performers to a fashion discussion with Carson Kressley to a Sunday service. Fans can see RuPaul’s DJ set and even watch a video message from Senator Elizabeth Warren. If you’re coming with children, don’t worry! There are plenty of activities that make this event family-friendly. Plus, kids ten and under are admitted for free.

Yvie Oddly
Yvie Oddly attends RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2019 | Photo by Chelsea Guglielmino/Getty Images

For former ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ contestants, this convention is a safe, fun, and creative space

While the convention is fun for fans of the reality competition series, it’s also an important day for the drag performers who host panels and meet fans. That includes Yvie Oddly, the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race season 11. During an interview with the Asbury Park Press, Yvie Oddly and Ariel Versace discussed her relationship with the drag convention.

“DragCon itself is really dope,” Yvie Oddly said. “I just enjoy the number of people who come out and turn looks, like come out and really get into it. I love the shows that happen. It’s like a giant family reunion, but you’re not dreading every second of it.”

“It’s really cool just having a bigger platform (because) everyone gets to see more of what I do, you get more recognized for the hard work that you put into your drag,” Season 11 contestant Ariel Versace said. “…It’s definitely important after the show, when you’re getting face-to-face with fans, to be appreciative, have fun with them and make sure not only that they’re having a good time, but you’re having a good time, too.”

RuPaul’s DragCon takes place in New York City from Sept. 6 through Sept. 8, 2019. Tickets are still available for purchase on their website.