Following the finale of RuPaul's Drag Race on Logo, the winner and many of the other contestants head out on a tour of gay bars around the country. As a top tier city, San Francisco was graced with performances of the top three contestants -- winner Raja, first runner-up Manila Luzon, and second runner-up Alexis Mateo -- as well as season two runner-up Raven. And for the second year in a row, The Cafe hosted San Francisco's show.
Local drag queen Ginger Snap emceed the show after being introduced by The Cafe's resident drag hostess, Pollo Del Mar, who throws the drag show The Glamazone every Sunday night at 9:30.
The tour and the show are sponsored by Absolut vodka, and the new Absolut San Francisco infusion premiered at the show. Here are a handful of pre-show pics. There are a lot more on Flickr.
Local drag queen Ginger Snap kicked off the show. I should note at this point that the sound on these videos is a little off. The best vantage I could find was upstairs in the attrium behind a window. The video quality still seems fine, but unfortunately it's easier to hear the crowd around me than it is to hear the music she's lip-synching to.
Next up was the first runner-up from Season 2, Raven. Of course, she performed at The Cafe the year before along with the other Season 2 finalists.
Next was Alexis Mateo, second runner-up from Season 3. (By the way, she's returning to The Cafe on Saturday, August 27, 2011.)
Then came Manila Luzon, one of the "Heathers" and first runner-up from Season 3. (In a future post, I'll share video from another performance she did at Club 8 a few days later.)
And, finally, the winner of Season 3: Raja!
End of Round 1
That was the first round of performances. You can see the rest in part two.