"Fourth of July: The Invasion" Fire Island Pines Things to Do Tip by von.otter
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Since 1976, America’s Bicentennial Year, Cherry Grove drag queens have invaded The Pines. The Invasion has become an annual event, now attracting spectators from Long Island, where once it was mostly a local happening.
The story of how The Invasion began goes as follows. A drag queen named Patsy came to The Pines from Cherry Grove, a neighboring community on Fire Island, in July of 1976. She was turned away at the Pavilion, the local disco bar because its owner, John Whyte, did not think it proper to serve drag queens in his establishment.
After Patsy left and returned to Cherry Grove, she and her drag queen friends wanted revenge for the insult visited upon Patsy. They decided to ‘invade’ The Pines on the Fourth of July. They reasoned that a group of drag queens — and their money — could not be ignored and would not be turned away. They hired a water taxi and descended on the more chic Fire Island Pines. History does not record what happened when they showed up en masse. We do know that they and their ‘descendants’ have been showing up ever since. And today not only are they served drinks but when a drag queen enters the Sip n Twirl bar in The Pines she drinks for free! How times have changed.
The Invasion has become a bay side costume party, enjoyed by many and the number of participants has grown steadily.
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