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The California Gold Drag Pageant Sashays into the Portola Sunday! (Updated…)

The Essential Info

Reality television favorites and Drag Queen royalty flood the Portola District this Sunday! The Ninth-Annual California Gold Pageant comes to El Toro Nightclub, 4-8pm, on Jan. 14.

What To Expect

This year seven contestants crossing gender, sexuality and age spectrums compete for the crown and to raise money for worthy Bay Area nonprofits. The winner will be chosen by a panel of celebrity judges, many from television favorites like Survivor and Project Runway All Stars.

“Drag queens and reality TV stars have plenty in common,” said Pollo Del Mar, co-producer of the all-ages charity event. “Both know what it’s like to be competitive — and few are afraid of a little drama! It’s a perfect combination.”

Tai Trang, a San Francisco beekeeper who became multi-platinum recording artist Sia’s favorite on TV’s Survivor, is a first time judge. So is Oakland’s Dexter Simmons, a contestant on Project Runway and the Rihanna-produced competition series Rock the Style.

Returning once again to the panel are Project Runway All-Stars contestant Emily Payne and Alison Kenyon, the Season 3 runner-up on TV’s Skin Wars. Bicoastal photographer-to-the-stars José A. Gúzman-Colón rounds out the decision-makers.

Contestants are judged in standard pageant fare like talent and evening wear. Categories unique to the California Gold Pageant include “Social Media” and “Creative Dress,” where this year’s hopefuls have been tasked with creating a costume from dollar store finds!

Since its launch in 2008, the California Gold Pageant has raised nearly $25,000 for Bay Area causes. Net proceeds from this year’s contest will benefit the winner’s charity of choice under the auspices of the Grand Ducal Council of San Francisco, a nearly 50-year-old nonprofit rooted in the local LGBTQ community.

The California Gold Pageant 2018 kicks off at 5pm; doors are at 4pm. It is an all-ages event. Tickets are $12 at the door.

El Toro Nightclub is located at 2470 San Bruno Ave., in San Francisco’s Portola District.

Something to Help Get into the Mood

Updated: Event Draws Several Hundred Guests!

A big thanks to Portola’s Pollo Del Mar who hosted and brought the event to the neighborhood. Over 200 guests flocked to the pageant and crowded into El Toro Night Club. The event even received coverage in The Bay Area Reporter with a full page spread of photos from the vent.  Looking forward to next year!

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