Undaunted by the unseasonably early first snow, angels and devils, queens and fairies, officers and felons, superheroes, historic figures, and celebrities gathered at the LGBT Community Center, in Manhattan, on October 29, for a festive Dance:208 “Halloween Ball,” produced by Joe Fiore and hosted by the Imperial Court of New York. DJ Vito Fun was responsible for music and David Aviles, for the evocative haunted house murals that made photogenic backdrops for the festivities and costumes.
A highlight of the evening was the Halloween costume contest, Emceed by Imperial Crown Princess Royal Witti Repartee, as the Bride of Frankenstein, and judged by reigning
Emperor XX Vanity Society and Empress XXV Pepperica Swirl. Contenders were: a moon jellyfish, all in white, making good use of a clear plastic umbrella and white boas; Marie Antoinette; Robin, the Boy Wonder; Robin Hood; octogenarian David; a Marilyn Monroe, a Liz Taylor and a Michael Jackson; Cleopatra; sexy centurion Angelo; a gothic skeleton; and a cop-and-felon duo. Robin, Marie Antoinette, Cleopatra, Liz Taylor, and the skeleton were deemed semi-finalists, and then it came down to just Robin and Cleopatra, with the latter declared winner of the competition and a bottle of vodka.
Next on tap for Dance:208 is the ever popular “Fur Ball,” on November 19 from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. DJ Severino will spin and tickets go for $10 at the door, and for slightly less in advance at www.gaycenter.org.
The Center is located at 208 West 13th Street, between Seventh and Greenwich Avenues.