The New Orleans-themed brunch went all out with drag royalty and honoree guest Dr. Fauci.
To kick off the first Sunday brunch of many this Pride Month, guests entered the Four Seasons ballroom in Georgetown on Sunday, June 4, and were transported to a celebration fit for Mardi Gras. The brunch was hosted by Worthy Mentoring, a nonprofit that provides support and guidance to LGBTQIA+ individuals through their app, creating a safe network.
As people mingled, there were plenty of photo ops (like under a tunnel of green, gold and purple balloon archways), while the Perfekt Blend Band waltzed around playing music in a New Orleans brass band style. When the brunch began, Dr. Anthony Fauci — who served as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis — spoke on the significance of learning LGBTQIA+ history, how far we have come since the HIV/AIDS epidemic began and the importance of building community.
The buffet included brunch staples like eggs and French toast as well as savory Creole dishes and rainbow-decorated confectionaries. With mimosas flowing, local drag performers strode into the brunch in a parade procession with “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 2 alumn Jujubee entering last. On stage, drag artists KC Cambrel and King Molasses performed “Crazy in Love,” with KC Cambrel captivating the audience with a lip-sync that would impress Queen B herself. Jujubee helped auction off Madonna tickets and then performed a masterclass-worthy lip-sync. To close out the formal entertainment portion, guests were treated to a tribute cover of “Rolling On The River” to honor the late Queen of Rock, Tina Turner. Towards the end of the performance, all the entertainers closed out the brunch by taking to the stage and doing their best Tina Turner impressions. Photos by Ben Droz.