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World Pride sparkles with drag queen spectacular

Free drag queen gala will also be attended by burlesque troop Folly Mixtures
Miss Dusty O will host Drag Lockdown at Tranny Shack in London this World Pride festival.

Some of Britain’s most famous drag queens will be taking center stage at the World Pride festival on 4 July.

Drag Lockdown at London’s Tranny Shack will be hosted by the most fabulous Miss Dusty O, with other performers due to appear.

The free gala will also include an exclusive performance by the Folly Mixtures, a world-class burlesque troop.

Pride London Festival Director Martine Whitaker said Drag Lockdown was going to be a highlight of this year’s festival.

She said: ‘It showcases the phenomenal talent and diversity in the LGBT community alongside the commitment of Soho businesses to staging a world class Pride festival that will reinforce London’s position as a prime entertainment destination.

The World Pride festival will take place from now until 8 July, with the main parade on 7 July.

Gay 80s icon Boy George and Canadian R&B singer Deborah Cox will be performing on the main stage, as well as comedians, drag acts, singers and speakers.

Kicking off from Baker Street, the parade will have over 170 groups walking through Regent’s Street, through Piccadilly Circus and into the main arena of Trafalgar Square.

Gay Star News, as the official news source for World Pride, will have a float alongside some of the most gay-friendly companies including Accenture, Armed Forces, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Eagle Group IBM, Ernst & Young, Flag (Tesco), Smirnoff, St Mungo’s, Stonewall, Terrence Higgins Trust, and The Co-Operative.

Pride London and global LGBT organization Kaleidoscope Trust will be honoring US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with the World LGBT Award this July at a gala dinner to celebrate the event.

The last World Pride event was Jerusalem in 2006, and the next one will be in Toronto in 2014. 

Drag Lockdown is free for anyone to attend. To get tickets RSVP with the event’s sponsor Beyond Retro on rsvp@beyondretro.com.

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