If you watched Season 4 of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2012 and wondered what South Florida contestant Latrice Royale might do with a drag-a-licious competition of her own, now’s your chance to find out.
Royale, who’s real name is Timothy Wilcots, is producing the Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant Monday, March 19 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center.
The Miami-based, California-born Royale appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” in 2012 and stayed with the TV franchise, appearing in spinoffs “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” and “RuPaul’s Drag U” later that same year. Even though associated with the drag shows at the Palace Bar in South Beach, Royale’s first drag show took place in the mid-1990s at the Copa Nightclub in Fort Lauderdale.
Here are excerpts from our interview with Royale about the pageant.
Exactly what can people expect if they attend?
Well, this is the cream of the crop of drag, or female impersonation. And now, we have male talent. They showcase their pride and show what they are out about. We have a formalwear category, swimwear and a question and answer, [which] is very important. We want someone who’s well-spoken. To anyone who’s familiar with a pageant, you know, of any kind, we always say this is a pageant on steroids — sometimes literally.
This pageant goes back awhile, doesn’t it? How long have you owned it?
I’ve owned it, let’s see, this is my sixth year. We started in 2012. But I’m a former Miss Pride South Florida. I was crowned back in 2004. But this pageant goes back 30 years. I just took it over because no one wanted to deal with it anymore. The Pride Committee wasn’t interested. They were disbanding or doing other things, so I bought it from them.
Has it always been at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center?
This is our fourth year at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center. It was at Club Boom and Hunters in Fort Lauderdale. You know being grand, I wanted to put it in a theater where kings and queens should be and have room to show their talents and have facilities that can handle what we do.
How many contestants do you have?
We are averaging around usually eight to 15 contestants total. Sometimes, [male category] has more. Sometimes, the female category has more. It really depends on who shows up. We have a lot of interest this year, so I’m excited. We have a lot of talent coming this year.
Yeah, I noticed you seem to have a lot of entertainment planned. What’s that about?
The entertainment is really consisting of contestants who have won. All of them got involved this year and said they will perform.
The Mr. and Miss Pride South Florida Pageant will begin 8 p.m. Monday, March 19 at the Aventura Arts and Cultural Center, 3385 NE 188th St. Tickets cost $10-$30 in advance and $35 the day of the show. To order, call 877-311-7469 or go to AventuraCenter.org.