Luke the Duke of Bell and Santa bust a move during their performance Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar, a part of Juneau Drag’s Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Luke the Duke of Bell and Santa bust a move during their performance Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar, a part of Juneau Drag’s Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Juneau Drag invites residents to celebrates the ‘holi-gays’ in style

Now they don their gay apparel.

The holidays can be a drag, so Juneau’s LGBTQ+ community and allies are invited to slay it with Juneau Drag.

Juneau Drag is back and bringing the heat this holiday season, starting first this past Saturday evening at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar, when the group presented a two-show Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO emceed by Gigi Monroe that featured drag, dancing, pole dancing and live singing in front of full crowds.

Gigi Monroe emceed and performed during Juneau Drag’s two-show Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar. The holiday inspired show featured five drag performers and a special guest, Alyssa Ann, on pole. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Gigi Monroe emceed and performed during Juneau Drag’s two-show Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar. The holiday inspired show featured five drag performers and a special guest, Alyssa Ann, on pole. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

“I thought the shows went really well and there was great energy from the crowd and performers,” Monroe said.

The Holi-gay Spectacular has been an annual Juneau tradition for more than five years, and Monroe said it’s an important show because oftentimes the holidays can be tough for people, especially those in the LBGTQ+ community, and she hopes the shows offer a space for people to celebrate the holidays and give people a reason to laugh.

Performer Alvi lip-syncs on the Alaskan Bar stage during the first show of the Juneau Drag’s Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Performer Alvi lip-syncs on the Alaskan Bar stage during the first show of the Juneau Drag’s Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

And, if the first event wasn’t enough, Juneau residents also have a chance to welcome in the New Year at Juneau Drag’s upcoming drag show and cocktail party New Queer’s Eve.

It’s the first time the show has been back since the 2020 New Year, and Monroe said it’s a great way to celebrate the New Year with Juneau’s LBGTQ+ community and friends.

Lamia Monroe accepts a cash tip from a crowd member amid her one of her performances during Juneau Drag’s two show Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

Lamia Monroe accepts a cash tip from a crowd member amid her one of her performances during Juneau Drag’s two show Holi-gay Spectacular Ho Ho HOMO Saturday evening at the Alaskan Bar. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire)

“I really appreciate the continued support of the shows — we’re going to keep doing what we do,” Monroe said.

Know & Go

What: New Queer’s Eve

Where: Red Dog Saloon, 278 S. Franklin St.

When: Saturday, Dec. 31. Cocktail party begins at 9 p.m., showtime 10 p.m.

Admission: General – $50, Table seat – $75

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at clarise.larson@juneauempire.com or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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