Friday Dec 23, 2011 · 7pm-10pm
LA Queer Posada

Performance Event Collective Mama Panchas Queer Life Rituals presents the Third Annual LA Queer Posada, featuring Payasos L.A. and the Los Angeles chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. A new take on the Mexican Posada celebration, LA Queer Posada will include performances in theatre, poetry, dance and music with intercultural queer artists.

The procession will take place on Friday, December 23, 2011 and will commence promptly at 7:59 pm at The Eagle in Silver Lake (4219 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, 90029). The procession will head north on Santa Monica Blvd, then east on Sunset Blvd, and end at Los Globos Nightclub (3040 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90026). Guests are encouraged to bring instruments to join the Posada Band in playing some Christmas tunes as we strut down Sunset Blvd!

This year LA Queer Posada will end its mile-long procession at Los Globos (3040 W. Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, 90026) where performances symbolizing the gift of the Magi will take place. The gift of the Magi will feature performances by Selah Gospel Choir, Burlesque sensation La Cholita, and more to be announced. The dance party is scheduled to follow the performances. Please note that Los Globos is 21 and over. There is no admission fee however donations will be collected to benefit the Transgender Youth Clinic of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Mama Panchas Queer Life Rituals is a performance, party, right-of-passage collective that serves the LGBT community through the creation of accessible, inclusive, and intercultural participatory spiritual happenings. The Posada is traditionally a community performance that reenacts the pilgrimage taken by Mary and Joseph as they searched for shelter leading to the birth of Christ.

LA Queer Posada is celebrated in Silver Lake to commemorate the area as a historically gay and Latino neighborhood, at a time when many markers of that history are vanishing. This year in particular we call attention to the closing of Le Barcito, formerly The Black Cat, a landmark gay bar that launched The Advocate out of pre-Stonewall protests against LAPD raids, says Mama Pancha. Not only had Le Barcito become a sort of sanctuary for the gay Latino community, but they also hosted the previous two Queer Posadas and tons of other queer life rituals.

For more information please contact Miguel Barragan at LAQueerPosada2011@gmail.com.
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