Legendary Panzi Leads On
was the biggest ever Invasion inspired by and part of the global celebration of
the 50th Anniversary of Stonewall, when a police raid of that now landmarked Village
bar sparked the first ever revolt by the gay community. Like the Invasion it
started small and is still growing.
Invasion mimics history in that it too began as a revolt against the Pines' proprietor
refusing entrance of several Grove drag queens because of the law against cross
dressing in the Pines
like the retelling of the miracle of Moses parting the waters for the Jews escape
from Egypt at Passover, the story and retelling of it for newbie's has become a
this is ON the water and there is no escape but in effect a welcoming
you think if the Jews returned to Egypt each year it would also turn from an insult
to a celebration?)
is the story again: as retold by Bruce Michael Gelbert:
Every year since 1976, cross dressing Queens and
Kings, titleholders, and other supporters from Cherry Grove have “invaded” Fire
Island Pines on the Fourth of July, commemorating the time, during America’s
Bicentennial, when Grove Queen Teri Warren, in drag, was refused service at
entrepreneur John Whyte’s restaurant in the Pines, and a dozen of Teri’s Grove
friends returned to avenge the slight, were not turned away, and declared
Invasion has grown to include hundreds of
participating revelers and is still coordinated by its founder, Homecoming
Queen 1976-1977 Panzi, and is led by the reigning Grove Homecoming Queen, who
this year is Victoria Falls, with her entourage. Red, white, and cobalt blue
was her theme, the red supplied Imperial Court of New York members, the white
by elegant Queen Victoria herself and by the reigning Emperor of New York, and
the blue by the Queen’s ladies-in-waiting, as supported by “Tom Collins,” Wen-D
Pinkhouse, and Messrs Fire Island Leather 2019 Bruce Michael the Second and
2001 this writer.
Other veteran Invaders present were Rose Levine,
one of the participants in the original Invasion, and China. There was a British Invasion made up of Angela Smith and Sue Panzer and friends as
English rock stars. Drag Repair was there keeping everybody shipshape. La
Tormenta and Alexandra were there, winning a “Most Glamorous” award from the
Fire Island Pines Property Owners Association, and Androgyny, who was
photographed with Michael Musto, winning FIPPOA’s “Miss Stoned Wall” award.
the events were the following performance on the dock before the ever growing assemblage
of appr 2000 Pines hosts (and some hostesses)
hosting again - .
Villabon singing a song before the boat arrives,
Levine also singing before the boat arrives.
will be singing the National Anthem for us as well.
are planning on 3 boats tomorrow - stellar crowds!!!
NATIONAL ANTHEM / STAR SPANGLED BANNER
MONITOR ARRIVES – PANZI ARRIVES
SHANE AND THE GIRLS – PERFORMANCE (LOVE YOURSELF)
PANZI ANNOUNCES FOLKS ON MONITOR
OVERFLOW BOAT ARRIVES (PARKS ON EAST SIDE)
PARTICIPANTS – DO NOT GET ANNOUNCED
– FOR PINES
HOMECOMING QUEEN ARRIVES –
PANZI ANNOUCES ALL
GIRLS - AND PRIZES
See you tomorrow- HAPPY WORLDPRIDE!!
Seahorse Wrapped in the original Cherry Grove Pride Flag blown off in the
(make an entrance)
as Bette Middler brought her own cab
Bella on confetti covered carpet
The Queen Victoria Falls
trip to Grove for further presentation poolside