Felicia O'Toole Buffington wheeled past the brunch buffet to start her routine.
She cast her walker aside, stripped away her housecoat and then started shimmying to Beyonce’s "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" as the brunch crowd cheered.
Sunday morning drag brunch at Lancaster Pride Fest kicked off the final day of Lancaster's Pride Week, the first time the celebration lasted an entire week.
Pride Week started with a film festival and included a salsa-dancing night, a voguing workshop and Pride Fest. It's all to celebrate Lancaster County's LGBTQ communities alongside their allies.
The week also reflects, and is a response to, today's politics.
"I wanted to have the most unapologetically gay celebration in response to the current political nightmare that we're living," Karen Foley, organizer of Lancaster Pride Week, said.
Foley organized a week of events to diversify Pride, she said after the drag brunch at Characters Pub. She noted pride marches, parades and events around the country have been protested by Black Lives Matter demonstrators.
To add more diversity to Lancaster's Pride, the film festival featured "Kiki," a documentary about LGBTQ youth of color and voguing (a dance meshing a lot of attitude and striking poses). Chi Chi Mizrahi, one of the stars of the film, came to Lancaster for a Q&A at Zoetropolis Art House and to lead a voguing workshop at Fruition Collective.
Adding more events extends the reach of Lancaster Pride Fest, Zac Nesbitt, co-chair of the event, said.
"(We're) trying to reach as many people as possible. Not everyone can make it out today, so we wanted to give them opportunities to participate," he said. "There's so much more than one venue can hold. It's also connecting with the community, too, with Fruition, with Zoetropolis, with Characters."
Sunday, Lancaster Pride Fest attracted 6,500 people to Binns Park, the biggest crowd in its 10 years as a large-scale event.
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During Pride month around the country, event organizers have grappled over the focus: Is this a party or a protest?
It's a conversation that's happening locally.
"I don't necessarily feel as if Lancaster Pride is the one that should be pushing that," Nesbitt said. "Maybe it is, but we'll hear about that."
People respond to the local Pride Fest each year, so bringing the event back is important because being gay still isn't accepted everywhere, Nesbitt said.
"Lancaster County is pretty conservative," he said. "People are changing. People are generally accepting on an individual basis, but as a rule, it's not the same. We're trying to work on that."
So, Pride was a place where Sean Meehan came to represent two communities: geek and LGBT. He was one of the most formally dressed people at the event in a black, three-piece suit with a Pikachu from the “Pokemon” franchise tucked into his vest and a Pansexual Pokeball pin on his lapel.
While it was great to see people gathering and happy, he wished this kind of event was more frequent.
"This should be an everyday thing," the Morgantown man said.
The event was a place where Monica Cox came to support her brother, who's gay, and also to enjoy a drag brunch.
"I like brunches," the New Providence woman said. "Add drag to it, it's even more fun."
It's also a place where friends Jade Houston and Camille Holzbauer said they feel accepted. They shared their coming-out stories with Project Pride, a Lancaster-based documentary about equality.
"It's nice when you come here, and you don't feel accepted in your home or your school. You come here and see there's a bunch of people who are just like me, accept me, who don't care what you do," Holzbauer, of East Lampeter Township, said. “Lancaster is pretty liberal, but in the outskirts are more conservative. It's nice to see the world is growing and it's bigger."
"The world is changing, and I'm happy to be a part of it," Houston said of Lancaster.