This Bunny's Hoppin'

Nothing speaks to the miracle of the risen Christ like a dude in drag. The gay Easter extravaganza continues with the annual "Bunnies on the Bayou" celebration, this year's being the 27th, which helps raise funds for charities serving the gay community. As the story goes, it all started in 1979 on Easter Sunday, when an impromptu apartment party on Clay Street kicked off an annual community-wide gathering that, in the mid-'80s, helped raise awareness of the AIDS epidemic when guests were charged "a bag of food" to enter the festivities. Now the event has moved downtown and claims the title of "Houston's largest outdoor cocktail party," according to its Web site.

This year's guest of honor couldn't be more appropriate: founder, organizer and host of New York City's Wigstock festival, Lady Bunny. The hardworking, constantly touring drag artist will deejay the event and, generally, just be fabulous. Lady Bunny got her name through a now forgotten joke. "I was living in Atlanta with RuPaul -- bitch still owes me ten bucks -- and you know a lot of queens down South like to put on airs and call themselves 'Lady,' it sounds very classy," she says. "But my early drag was far from classy. It was just a goof that stuck. Someone on Gomer Pyle had a girlfriend named Bunny." And what's the deal with bunnies and Easter? "I personally have an affinity for big baskets, but I don't know if that explains the tradition," says Bunny. Okay, let's just leave it at that.
Sun., April 16, 2-7 p.m.

 
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