Cincinnati Organizations to Hold a Drag Celebration for Purim on March 3 at Urban Artifact

“Glitter, Groggers and Glam” will feature a costume contest, photo booth and more hamantaschen than you could possibly stomach.

Mar 2, 2023 at 11:20 am
click to enlarge Urban Artifact - Photo: Brittany Thornton
Photo: Brittany Thornton
Urban Artifact

Purim was already pretty gay.

The Jewish holiday celebrating the survival of the Jewish people from Persian rule in the 5th Century B.C. features costumes, masquerading, songs and fancy finger foods.

But this year, one Cincinnati celebration is taking that LGBTQ-friendly Purim baseline and kicking things up several notches.

On Friday, March 3, you will be able to take part in “Glitter, Groggers, and Glam: A drag Purim spiel.”

The celebration is a partnership between elech (“Cincinnati’s queer Jew-ish community”), Greater Cincinnati HRC, TreeHouse Cincinnati, ish (a local community engagement organization centering Jewish arts and cultural traditions), Reflect Cincy (a project of the Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati) and Urban Artifact.

Some info from the organizers:

  • A Purim spiel is the theatrical retelling of the Book of Esther that many organizations show or read every year. When you hear the name Haman, you shout and “BOO” loudly and make lots of noise using the groggers (noisemakers).
  • You do not have to be Jewish to attend.
  • You do not have to be queer to attend, though please be mindful of intentionally creating a safe and validating space for queer people to practice Jewishly, together.
  • There will be a costume contest, photo booth and more hamantaschen (traditional Purim pastries) than you could possibly stomach.

“Glitter, Groggers and Glam” will be held on Friday, March 3 from 8-10 p.m. at Urban Artifact (1660 Blue Rock St., Northside). You can RSVP here.

This article was originally published by The Buckeye Flame and is republished here with permission.

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