RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 Premiere Party Miami | March 1

The final stop on the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 Premiere tour was held Sunday, March 1 at Mansion Nightclub in South Beach.  The event, which had a ticket price of up to $600, boasted the chance to “meet the season seven queens” along with “gag-worthy performances” was severely over-hyped. My date and I were dressed to the nines amongst a sea of flip-flops, tank tops and shorts at the sparsely attended event, which seemed more like an after thought by the network.

Based on other cities’ premiere events, which wielded a red carpet, a slue of Drag Race contestants, past and present, the panel of judges, celebrity sightings, including Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O’Connel and even RuPaul herself,  it’s no wonder guests were more than a little miffed.

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To begin with, the show was advertised as being hosted by Shangela. However, two hours into the event, it was announced that she was late (duh) due to arriving into Miami that evening after hosting the New Orleans premiere. Along side the always bubbly and energetic Shangela was an unnotable “guest host”- who is apparently a TV personality. The “season seven queens” consisted of…… (Spoiler Alert) – if the first episode is any indication – the first five eliminated queens.

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With that, there really wasn’t any “meeting” going on. When the queens did emerge from their dressing area, they generally stayed in the VIP area. I did manage to snag a quick photo op with Tempest DuJour, who unfortunately, came off like I was putting her out.


On to the first episode screening, if you want to call it that.  At 10pm, after 2 hours of watching some entertainment go-go boy donned in gold paint dance, they finally aired the season 7 premiere – well, at least 30 minutes of it. After a $20 parking fee, $5 cab ride, and a $16 watered down cocktail in a Dixie cup, my escort and I were ready to jet.

Guests have been vocal about their disdain on the event’s Facebook page.

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On a positive note, DJ Lady Bunny rocked the decks and kept the energy high with her spinning.