Glitz and Glamour, an annual drag show put on by the Residence Hall Association, celebrated its 22nd birthday at IUP Friday.
“The purpose of the event is to raise LBGT awareness,” said Olivea Norris (freshman, anthropology), the event coordinator.
The show is sponsored by IUP’s BACCHUS (Boost Alcohol Consciousness Concerning the Health of University Students) and Pride Alliance. This year’s hostesses were Pittsburgh’s Lola LeCroix and Sasha Nolan, two professional drag queens. Lola originally began her drag career at IUP and expressed her excitement to be back several times throughout the show.
The two queens performed multiple numbers by Beyoncé, Jessie J and other popular artists.
IUP students were also encouraged to sign up and perform for the competition part of the show. They competed for Best Queen, Best King, Best Group and Best Crowd performers.
This year’s winners included The Mirfanda, Peter Geist, Kinky Kylie and Major Pain, as well as Dorothy, The Lusty Lion, The Sexy Scarecrow and the Turbo Tinman.
Norris said that organizing student performers was the most stressful part of the preparation.
“I don’t think I’ve ever sent so many emails in my life,” she said.
Nonetheless, her efforts paid off. Joseph Pullins (senior, criminology) said “[the event coordinators] did a phenomenal job with the event this year.”
In the past, Pullins served as the event chair for two years and as a judge for one year.
This year, he helped contact LeCroix and Nolan for the show.
At least 150 people attended this year, and the coordinators are expecting it to keep getting “bigger and better” in the future.
“If you leave IUP without seeing a Glitz, you’re missing out,” Norris said. “It’s such a fun, safe, self-promoting environment that at the end of the night you won’t want to leave.”