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Truro Pride Dragstravanganza coming to the stage this summer

Brandt Eisner takes on various personas for drag shows. He will be taking part in the Truro Pride Dragstravaganza as Lickity Splitt.
Brandt Eisner takes on various personas for drag shows. He will be taking part in the Truro Pride Dragstravaganza as Lickity Splitt. - Submitted

TRURO, N.S. – Some of the most glamorous drag queens in Nova Scotia will take centre stage in Truro this summer.

Truro Pride Dragstravaganza will take place at the Marigold Cultural Centre on July 14.

“Come with an open mind, it’s going to be a big party,” said Brandt Eisner, show organizer and performer. “This is Truro’s first real drag show.”

Eisner has been performing for 12 years.

“I had a group of friends who started performing, and it’s one of those things that when your peer group is doing it, you start,” he said. “For me, it’s like theatre. You get to be different characters and you can get lost in it.

“In the real world, I’m a little shy and anxious. I’m a totally different person on stage; much less inhibited.”

He will be on stage as Lickity Splitt, who is known for her many personalities and performance styles, as well as wearable art creations.

“This is a great outlet, because I studied wearable art and costuming at NSCAD,” said Eisner. “I often make things to wear. I’m always hitting second-hand stores, looking for vintage pieces and things I can rework. I often make headpieces and masks.

“With what I do, comfort has very little to do with it. Wearing layers and padding can be restrictive.”

He sometimes performs as Persnickety Splitt, who is more edgy than Lickity.

“For a lot of people, this show may be their first time seeing drag, so it will be more traditional,” he said. “There will be nine performers, and they’re all very different.”

Other performers at Truro Pride Dragstravaganza include Diane Isis, Manny Dingo, Elle Noir, Jennifer DaFuque, Donatella Daddy, Bridget von Snapps, Marsha Mellow and Rocadella Deluca.

Tickets for the show, which will begin at 8 p.m. on July 14, are $20 and are available now online at https://secure.ticketpro.ca/?lang=en&server=ww3&aff=mcc#achat_MCC14GS18 or at MacQuarries – Esplanade location, the Rath-Eastlink Community Centre and the Marigold Cultural Centre box office.

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Preparations moving ahead for Truro Pride

It’s going to be busy around town when Truro Pride takes place next month.

A week of events will run from July 14 to 21. The raising of the rainbow flag at town hall will be the first event on July 14 at 1 p.m.

“This year the parade will be on Saturday, July 15, with other events after it,” said Sam Madore, executive director of the Downtown Truro Partnership. “We’ve been getting quite a steady flow of parade applications, and they’ll be accepted until June 27.”

The parade will begin at the Colchester Legion Stadium, at 2 p.m. It will go up Lorne Street, to Queen, Commercial and onto Prince Street, ending at the Civic Square. As soon as the parade ends, food, vendors, entertainment and bouncy houses will be at the square.

“There will be programs at the library during the week, and we’re working on a youth dance for Thursday evening,” said Madore. “We have some details to finalize, but we’ll be announcing more things soon.”

People should watch the Truro Pride and Truro Pride Parade – 2018 Facebook pages for updates.

Anyone interested in taking part in this year's parade can get an application online at http://bit.ly/TruroPride2018 or at the Downtown Truro Partnership office.

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