Penn State Hillel & Opulence Drag Ambassadors Join Forces To Host Purim Drag Show

Penn State Hillel and the drag ambassadors from Penn State Opulence are joining forces for a drag show to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Purim. The show will be held from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1 at Webster’s Bookstore.

Purim ends at nightfall on March 1 this year, right as the queens will be gearing up for their performances. According to Penn State Hillel, the holiday, celebrated with carnivals and costumes, is “dedicated to the courageous peeling away of labels, unmasking the safety of the familiar, and entering the territory of the unknown.”

Opulence president Chris Castro is excited for Penn State’s Jewish community and drag community to interact and work together for a single cause.

“I think it’s a really cool opportunity for two cultures to merge and be able to share this holiday with one another,” he said. “[Opulence is] a brand new organization, so the fact that we got to have this opportunity is really great for us moving forward. We want to pair up with other organizations and create things.”

Attendance is free, but attendees are encouraged to “honor their inner Queen Esther” and wear their best costumes to the event.