We will never think of Easter in the same way again! While in a local Atlanta store on Easter Sunday, we came across one of those truly colorful characters we've occasionally met during our travels; a Drag Queen in a bunny costume! We just HAD to say "hello." Baton Bob (aka Bob Jameson) is not only a local celebrity, but also has gained some national noteriety ( winning a number awards for his street performances). What was even more amazing was that our New Orleans landlady knew him from his stints during Madi Gras. It turns out that Baton Bob was on his way to a local Drag Queen festival down the street from where we met. This was too good to be true! It seems that each Easter, a number of Drag Queens participate in what they call "Drag Races". Apparently, the events include an Easter Bonnet contest, as well as racing back and forth through a parking lot while putting on various female attire. When we got to the festival venue, they were just beginning to set up for the day's events. There were close to 20 Drag Queens in attendance. Regardless of what your personal feelings towards these folks might be, we found them to be quite friendly and pleasant. Their lives seemed to be full of joy. Even though rain threatened to dampen this event, for us, this Easter was a totally different experience.
For more information on some of these characters, try Googling "Baton Bob" and "Calico Deville".