Today is the start of the First Annual Austin International Drag Fest and tomorrow the Explodeded Crew will be podcasting live!  That's why today we are counting down the Top Five Reasons to Attend Austin Drag Fest! 

#5) Horrorchata!  (info from Austin Drag Fest website) 

Friday, May 1 @ Elysium
Horrorchata is an International Drag personality recently awarded Drag Queen Of The Year in the Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. She has been named one of the Top 10 Drag Queens in the The New York Times.
n addition to hosting, performing, and DJing in New York, Berlin, Stockholm, Malmö, and London, Horrorchata is co-founder of Bushwig Festival - Bushwick's answer to the East Village Wigstock

#4) Lady Bunny!  (Info from Austin Drag Fest website)

Saturday, May 2 DAY DRAG SHOWCASE @ The North Door
The Lady Bunny is an American drag queen, nightclub DJ, promoter and founder of the annual Wigstock event. She has also released disco singles such as "Shame, Shame, Shame!" and "The Pussycat Song". She has appeared in films such as Party Girl, Wigstock: The Movie, Peoria Babylon, Starrbooty, and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. Lady Bunny also often works for magazines to use humor for the "Worst Dressed".
Lady Bunny began her career alongside Larry Tee and RuPaul as a fixture on the Atlanta gay scene and appeared in a variety of low-budget films with them, including the Starbooty series. Moving to New York City in 1984, Lady Bunny organized Wigstock in 1985, an annual drag queen festival that lasted until 2005. Bunny frequently performs at XL Nightclub with Bianca Del Rio.Bunny was featured in the web series Queens of Drag: NYC by in 2010. The series featured fellow New York drag queens Bianca Del Rio, Dallas DuBois, Hedda Lettuce, Mimi Imfurst, Peppermint, and Sherry Vine.Music On July 1, 2013, Lybra Records released remixes of Lady Bunny's original song, "Take Me Up High" which became a Top 20 hit peaking at #17 on Billboard's Club/Dance Chart in September 2013. In October 2014 she released "Lately" (Remixes) her collaboration with New York City Producers and club DJ's Sean Grasty and DJ Rikky Rivera of the popular remix team GROOVE ADDIX. Lady Bunny's vocal of "Lately" is already creating a buzz globally in the underground club scene. In 2005, she was a roaster on the Comedy Central roast of Pamela Anderson and released her first DVD, Rated X for X-tra Retarded. RuPaul asked Lady Bunny to be a judge on RuPaul's Drag Race. Bunny declined it but took interest in the spin-off series, RuPaul's Drag U. Bunny served on the judges panel on RuPaul's Drag U, which aired on the Logo TV network from 2010 to 2012. Lady Bunny was Dean of Drag and had a role of judge in the first season. In season 2 ofRuPaul's Drag U, the Dean of Drag role was expanded into a segment called Lady Lessons. In 2003, Lady Bunny made a guest appearance in the Sex and the City episode "Boy, Interrupted", as the emcee at the LGBT prom.

#3) Coco Peru (info from Austin Drag Fest website)

Saturday, May 2 @ V Nightclub and Lounge

Miss Coco Peru, aka Clinton Leupp, grew up in the Bronx and got his/her start as a downtown favorite in the cabaret world of New York City in the early 1990s.
On screen, Coco is best known for her roles in the films Trick and Girls Will Be Girls. For Girls Will Be Girls, Coco shared the Best Actress Award with his co-stars at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival and the Best Actor Award at LA’s Outfest Film Festival. Other films: To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar; and Straight-Jacket. In the Disney animated feature The Wild, Coco voiced Mamma Hippo! Coming soon, the highly-ish anticipated sequel to Girls Will Be Girls.
TV appearances include: How I Met Your Mother, Arrested Development, Twins, Will & Grace, New York Undercover, Detroit 1-8-7, and an Orbitz commercial that was nominated for a GLAAD Media Award. Coco has been seen on several reality shows on the BRAVO network and also has appeared on LOGO in two stand-up comedy specials: Wisecrack and Dragtastic.
Coco’s live, solo shows include: Miss Coco Peru in My Goddamn Cabaret, Miss Coco Peru: A Legend in Progress (’92 MAC and Bistro Award), Miss Coco Peru at the Westbeth Theatre (’95 MAC Nomination), Miss Coco Peru's Liquid Universe (‘98 GLAAD Nomination), Miss Coco Peru's Universe (’99 LA GLAAD Nomination), Miss Coco Peru’s Glorious Wounds…She’s Damaged (’01 LA GLAAD Nomination) Miss Coco Peru is Undaunted (’04 GLAAD Award Winner, Ovation Nomination), UGLY COCO, THERE COMES A TIME, SHE’S GOT BALLS! and most recently, Have You Heard? These shows have been performed to sold out audiences in
Theatres, Clubs, Restaurants, Ballrooms, Yachts, Living Rooms, Backyards, Nudist Camps and Cabarets throughout the US and abroad.
Coco hosts an on-going live series of shows at the Renberg Theater in Los Angeles called Conversations With Coco in which Coco interviews and celebrates the lives and careers of the GLBT community's favorite icons. Miss Peru's guests have included Liza Minnelli, Jane Fonda, Bea Arthur, Lily Tomlin, Karen Black, Lainie Kazan, Lesley Ann Warren, and drag legend Mr. Charles Busch.

#2) Holly Woodlawn (info from Austin Drag Fest website)

Sunday, May 3 DRAG FILM SHOWCASE @ The North Door

Holly Woodlawn (born Haroldo Santiago Franceschi Rodriguez Danhakl on October 26, 1946) rocketed to superstardom in Andy Warhol’s Trash (1970). Director George Cukor lobbied the Academy to nominate her for an Oscar. Holly was a major inspiration for Lou Reed’s iconic Walk on the Wild Side: “Holly came from Miami FLA, / hitch-hiked her way across the USA, / plucked her eyebrows on the way, / shaved her legs, and then he was a she...”
n the late 1970’s Geraldo Rivera interviewed Holly on television, asking her: “What are you? Are you a woman trapped in a man’s body? A transvestite? A transsexual?” Holly replied, “But darling, what difference does it make, as long as you look FAB-ULOUS?”

In Holly Woodlawn's own words: "Andy Warhol made me a Superstar in "Trash" and "Women In Revolt". I revolted and became a cabaret star in Europe, America and every pissoir on every continent. I decided to take my lounge act to Hollywood,CA where I have been lounging for the last twenty years and wrote my memoirs A LOW LIFE IN HIGH HEELS. I'm tired of lounging and back on the circuit."

#1) Jackie Beat (info from Austin Drag Fest website)

Saturday, May 2 DAY DRAG SHOWCASE @ e North Door

Drag superstar JACKIE BEAT has been entertaining audiences across the U.S. and in Europe for over two decades with her razor-sharp comedy and hysterical song parodies. Jackie not only warps hits by Britney Spears, Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Mariah Carey and many others, but she flawlessly sings her twisted new versions LIVE — hitting every last note.
er hilarious music videos on YouTube are huge hits that have been seen by millions of people. Her one-woman show “Jackie Beat Is A Whole Lotta’ Love” ran a record 18 months at NYC’s premiere cabaret, Fez, and she returns to The Big Apple every year with her award-winning, standing-room-only holiday show as part of her SOLD OUT national holiday tour. Jackie’s stand-up has been featured in comedy clubs across the country and on Comedy Central, VH-1 and MTV. Her scathing song parodies have been featured on America’s Top Forty with Ryan Seacrest, The Howard Stern Show, Much Music TV, Yo on E! and
he has appeared on many TV shows such as “Sex and the City” and in several movies including “Flawless” with Robert DeNiro, the festival hit “Wigstock The Movie” and the camp cult horror favorite “Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver.” Jackie has also been in many off-Broadway productions, performed on countless cruises ships, toured with Roseanne Barr as her opening act (including a 7 week run at the New York New York in Las Vegas!), has enjoyed a sold-out 8-week run in Provincetown in summers past.