Maspalomas Drag Queen Contest

The Maspalomas Drag Queen Contest takes place every year in the south of Gran Canaria, usually in February or March. It is held in the Yumbo Centrum Shopping Centre, in Playa del Ingles. This is where most of the gay and bisexual bars are located, as well as electronics, souvenir, and many kinds of other shops. 

In the 2013 event, held on February 21st, there were 15 candidates, and 10,000 people attended. Besides the candidates, there were a few known singers, like Katrin Quinol (singer of "Black Box"). Every year, there is a popular singer of the 80s or 90s who comes to perform.


To participate, all candidates must be over 18 years of age, and fill a simple form in the town hall offices. They also have to submit a photocopy of their ID card, two CDs with the music (which must not last more than 3 minutes), list of dancers (maximum is six), and the name of sponsor.  It is mandatory to wear platform boots.


During their performance, the drag queens take off almost all their clothes, except for the boots. All of them start preparing for the show months in advance. Each of them first looks for the sponsor, then gets the dress designed and made, plans the choreography, chooses the music, and gets it edited accordingly.


The Drag Queen Contest Participants


1. Drag Deus Stela

1. Drag Deus Stela
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2. Drag Arush

2. Drag Arush
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3. Drag Ziben

3. Drag Ziben
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4. Drag Paco

4. Drag Paco
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5. Drag Mulciber

5. Drag Mulciber
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6. Drag Prinxtons

6. Drag Prinxtons
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7. Drag Ebano

7. Drag Ebano
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8. Drag Mandragora

8. Drag Mandragora
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9. Drag Legora

9. Drag Legora
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10. Drag Yshia Taisma

10. Drag Yshia Taisma
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11. Drag Acrux

11. Drag Acrux
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12. Drag La Tullida

12. Drag La Tullida
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13. Drag Lenox

13. Drag Lenox
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14. Drag Gio

14. Drag Gio
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15. Drag Frenchy Morgana

15. Drag Frenchy Morgana
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And the winner of the Drag Queen contest 2013 is....

Candidate number 10. Drag Yshia Taisma.


Besides the crown, he was also awarded a cheque of 1200 euros, by the mayor of San Bartolome de Tirajana, Mr. Marco Aurelio Perez. Drag Gio and Drag Acrux were the runners-up, and received 800 and 400 euros, respectively.


Winner of the Maspalomas Drag Queen Contest
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Maspalomas Drag Queen Videos


Here's the video of the winner, with his chicken and rooster dress. As you can see, after he finished, the crowd cheered him and really liked his act.




Drag Queen Contest 2013 Video


Get a comfortable chair or sofa, and check out the full video of the Drag Queen Contest of 2013 below (best to watch full-screen):


Drag Queen Contest 2014 Video

Fourteen drag queens participated in the 2014 contest. Each of them, was given only 3 minutes to perform. It was quite difficult to choose the winner, and the jury finally chose "Drag On," who wore an Aladdin costume. Click here to see the photos. See the Flikr photo stream, or click on the video below, to see the whole show. There is a very funny moment at the beginning when the presenter arrives on a camel.




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