Wigwood, Miami’s queer festival, returns after two years

After two years of absence due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the most important queer festival in Miami returns. (Wigwood)

After two years of absence he returns wigwood, the fabulous annual festival of and for the queer community of Miami and its beaches, and all its visitors and tourists. The last one was in February 2020, when nobody imagined that the world would change drastically a month later due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For fashion lovers, the met gala it’s the only event of the year where celebrities and high-profile figures are given the freedom to express themselves as aesthetically as originally as possible. This freedom gives viewers a visual scandal and is a source of inspiration for designers. Wigwood celebrates all segments of the community LGBT+ in the same spirit in what has come to be called la la Queer Met Gala.

Alien Jungle is the theme created this year by the co-founder of the festival, latin queefwhose given name is Antonio Mendezfor the party on Saturday. Other drag queen, Tammie Brownwho became known as a contestant on the television show RuPaul’s Drag Race, will be the star of the opening night. The diva will be joined by 25 other local artists and an army of DJs who will set the house on fire. The headquarters will be none other than Wigwood’s home, the bar grampswhose owner, adam gerstenis also a founder of the event.

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Wigwood Festival, at the Gramps bar in Wynwood, Miami.
Wigwood will be two days, Saturday 4 and Sunday 5, of partying and inclusion. (Wigwood)

On Sunday the party goes to the pool on the roof of the hotel arlowhich became Wynwood’s first last November. Blamie Forretta local queen, will host, and the music will be provided by the New York drag legend lady bunny. In addition, throughout the night there will be drag shows around the pool.

Miami has become a mecca for the weird and unusual and Wigwood harnesses that energy to the fullest. In this city, defined by migration and tourism, the theme of alien invasion and hedonistic tropical vacations is itself ironic.

This edition took over a year to plan, but the celebration promises to be worth the wait. Founded and organized by local talent, Wigwood will celebrate the strength and values ​​of the queer community of the South Florida through art. After difficult political months for the group —in July 2022 the HB 1557 law, better known as the “No Say Gay Law”, which affects sex education in state schools, came into force— the festival is presented as a respite and a reaffirmation of inclusion.

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Drag queens enjoying the Wigwood queer festival in Miami.
“The queer Met Gala,” as Wigwood is nicknamed, is an occasion for aesthetic display.

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Wigwood 2023

Saturday 4

Where: Gramps, 176 NW 24th St., Miami, FL 33127 – (855) 732-8992

When from 8 at night to 3 in the morning

How much: $25

Sunday 5

Where: Arlo Wynwood Hotel, 2217 NW Miami Ct, Miami, FL 33127 – (786) 522-6600

When: from 3 in the afternoon to 7 at night

How much: $50


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