Drag shows are a one-of-a-kind experience. This is the type of event you need to see for yourself in order to truly understand. Baton Rouge has its own culture of drag performance art, with performers ranging from queens who can do backflips and lunges through the air to performers who sync slow songs and dress like dolls.
LSU alumnus Jack Stallard began his drag career in Baton Rouge before bringing his talents back to his hometown of New Orleans. Stallard started performing drag in 2017 under the stage name Carina Von Tuna.
The name came from a Facebook bot that sent him a friend request when he was trying to think of a drag name, and he stuck to it.
He has performed and produced drag shows across Baton Rouge at LSU events, Splash Nightclub, George’s Place, private events and local bars.
Here’s everything you need to know before attending a drag show, straight from the queen’s mouth.
Tell us what to expect for people who have never seen a drag show?
The tallest women you’ve ever seen, some of the most normal women and the most beautiful women you’ve ever seen. There is nothing to be nervous about. If you don’t know if you’re going to have fun, you will. People like to let loose at shows. We want you to sing, shout and laugh. The energy is better when everyone is there to have fun.
We are not dolls; we are not celebrities; we are artists. If you had an amazing time watching us, we want to hear it. It’s really nice to connect with people after the show. It is not something only for homosexuals. It’s for everyone. It’s entertainment.
What are the essentials of drag shows?
1. Bring cash. The bar will only have a small amount of money (for tips). 2. Make some noise. 3. If a drag queen asks you to do something, do it.
How can someone better prepare for a drag show?
Be open-minded and ready to challenge yourself. If flirting makes you think, that’s a good thing.
Let’s talk about etiquette. What should the public avoid doing?
Keep your hands to yourself and don’t touch us. We may interact with you, but we generally don’t touch you, so please don’t touch us. Don’t try to get on stage unless asked to. We have a show to host – please don’t try to talk over the MC or host. Don’t take yourself seriously. If jokes are made at your expense, don’t be offended.
Tell us about drag brunches.
It’s the most accessible way to enjoy drag because it’s not in a club environment. It’s nice to see us in broad daylight. It’s a great way to introduce children or young people to flirting. It’s a way to demystify drag. It makes it very real
Why would you recommend attending a drag show?
No one is going to assume you’re gay just because you went to a drag show. Watching someone else be so much themselves that no one really can be every day is an invaluable experience. There is an exchange of energy taking place. It really makes people feel good about how beautiful we are. It makes you more confident. ‘You don’t leave loving us more; you go away loving yourself more. It’s a quote from Lady Gaga.
Where are the must-see places in Baton Rouge to watch drag shows?
Splash Nightclub, Brickyard South, Caliente, Red Stick Social, George’s Place.
What are some of your favorite Baton Rouge dragsters?
Alexa Milano, Lady D Andrews, Dani Pax, Laveau Contraire.
This article originally appeared in the June 2022 issue of 225 magazine.