It’s a Brand Ru Day.
After a yr of digital drag reveals, Zoom dance events and chilly brunches on the sidewalk, queer New Yorkers are able to celebrate.
Season 12’s Jan and Season 11’s Scarlet Envy are again for an additional likelihood on the crown, and they’ll’t wait to get the occasion began.
“It’s been such a crazy year, and I think Pride is just a time for all of us not only to remember and celebrate where we came from . . . but also to celebrate where we are now,” Jan, a peppy, purple-haired showgirl who lives in Hell’s Kitchen, advised The Post.
Meanwhile Scarlet, a scorching siren who lives in Williamsburg, can also be raring to go. “Oh, I’m ready to party, baby. The ’90s are back, girl. We are back!”
Here, in their very own phrases, the queens spill the tea on what they’re as much as this Pride weekend.
Jan’s weekend: “Trapped on a boat with gays listening to Lady Gaga”
We’re in the midst of press week, so all the women are on the town, and we’re performing some enjoyable, shock occasions collectively within the West Village on Friday.
After that, although, I’m occurring the Chromatica Cruise [named for Lady Gaga’s new album] with a bunch of pals, which is a dance occasion on a ship hosted by [DJ] Ty Sunderland. It’s time to come back again with our pals, not solely celebrating Pride, however celebrating getting again to some sense of normalcy — and I believe there’s no higher means to try this than being trapped on a ship with gays listening to Lady Gaga.
Saturday is extra of a recover-from-the-cruise form of day. Though, the sincere fact is I’ll most likely simply go to brunch and have a margarita. That’s my restoration! My favourite spot in my neighborhood is definitely referred to as Hell’s Kitchen on Ninth and 51st. It’s acquired an excellent Mexican menu, and it’s just about the speak of the city. I’ll most likely drag a few of the different solid members with me earlier than we head off to a different enjoyable solid occasion.
I really like Pride Sunday. I made a decision to not do work that day, as a result of I simply need to celebrate. I do know that’s what our pioneers in our neighborhood would need us to do.
Then, at evening, loads of dancing. I’m going to Ty’s different occasion, Pride Playground, at 3 Dollar Bill [260 Meserole St.] in Brooklyn. I truly simply shot a music video there for my new tune “(Put Your) Gay Hands Up” — I find it irresistible a lot. You get all kinds of queerness there, which I don’t suppose you’ll find at loads of areas and venues in New York.
Jan’s place of Pride
I grew up in New Jersey, proper throughout the Hudson River, and I keep in mind after I was a younger child I at all times had a longing for New York City because it was so shut, but so far-off. I at all times liked Broadway and performing, and I knew that was the place to be.
Scarlet’s weekend: “I’m keeping my options open, in terms of events — and men!”
The community is carting us across the metropolis all weekend, however I can guarantee you that we’re going to be busy! You by no means know with the Friday evening of Pride weekend — I’ll most likely be resting, to be sincere. Self-care is essential, you understand? I really like bathtub bombs. I’m actually having a inexperienced juice proper now for breakfast. I do yoga simply to calm the nerves and thoughts. I work out lots, simply to get the blood going, and all of it simply makes me really feel rather less wild.
I [planned] a viewing occasion at C’mon Everybody [325 Franklin Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant], which is a neighborhood water[ing] gap, and I’ve prolonged the invite to the solid to drop by. I additionally know in the event that they want an additional nail or one thing, I’ll inform them the place to go: Beauty 35, on thirty fifth and Eighth. It’s the perfect. I really like being right here! All the opposite women needed to get in an airplane to come back in for press week, and I simply acquired into an Uber!
I’ll undoubtedly find yourself someplace this weekend, I’m simply unsure precisely the place. I’m holding my choices open, when it comes to occasions — and males!
Brooklyn Pride, formally, was two weeks in the past. Brooklyn is the place my coronary heart is, the place my Bagelsmith is, the place my cheaper vodka sodas are! I at all times get the No. 9 at Bagelsmith ([89 Bedford Ave.; 566 Lorimer St., Williamsburg], which is their turkey specialty. Though it does depend upon the time of day I’m going, as a result of their breakfast sandwiches are good, too. It’s the spot for the morning or after the gig, and generally that’s the identical factor, in case you’re getting my vibe.
Scarlet’s place of Pride
I imply, it doesn’t get extra traditional than Metropolitan [559 Lorimer St., Williamsburg]. I believe it’s the oldest still-functioning homosexual bar in Brooklyn! It’s the closest factor I’ve to a house bar, and I believe it’s essential, whether or not you’re a drinker or not, it’s not concerning the alcohol, it’s concerning the neighborhood. I’ve had pals married at Metro, most likely pals divorced at Metro — you understand how it’s with these queens.