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Drag Shows


Definition: Men dressed in drag (or female clothing) can be dated back to Ancient Rome, but were most widely seen in Shakespearean plays. These performances are perhaps the first "drag shows."

Drag shows became popular in gay bars after World War I. The origin of the word "drag" is unknown.

During modern day drag shows, female illusionists dance, act and perform on stage (most often to music by popular female vocal artists) in the dress and mannerisms of women. These shows are a popular and anticipated event in many gay bars and have even emerged into local, regional and national pageants and competitions between performers.

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