CANCELED Drag Queen Bingo at the Surreal Speakeasy
The Dalí Museum is temporarily closed through March 31, 2020, as part of nationwide efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Ticket holders will be issued refunds. Thank you for your patience and understanding during these challenging times.
Your ticket to Drag Queen Bingo at the Surreal Speakeasy includes 10 sheets and 6 rounds of Bingo – with prizes for winners – hosted by the fabulous Amy DeMilo, who will also be performing. Cash bar open throughout the event and food available at Café Gala. Costumes are encouraged!
Amy DeMilo, a native Floridian, resides in Tampa Bay where she is the show director for the Honey Pot Night Club in Ybor City, and bingo hostess for the Stone Soup Company. Amy is an advocate for the LGBT community and a spokesperson for the Transgender Community. She was Grand Marshall for Tampa Pride 2019, one of the highlights of her illustrious career. Amy’s titles include Miss Florida FI 2000, Miss Heart of Florida 2011, Miss Gay USofA Classic 2013 and she is the reigning National Showgirl Supreme 2019.
Drag in 1929
Parisians weren’t the only ones enjoying a cultural boom in the 1920s. Cities across the United States were also enjoying post-war prosperity, but Prohibition (a ban on alcohol) threatened to spoil the party. While bars were forced to close, clandestine speakeasies opened and extravagant drag balls emerged into the mainstream. This led to a new mixing of all kinds of people—all in search of the same illicit drink and entertainment. The 1920s saw the emergence of notable and visible LGBTQ presence and subculture in various cities in the USA.
Bingo in 1929
Though people have been playing games like Bingo for centuries, it was first introduced to North America in 1929 and became known as “Beano.” It was first played at a carnival near Atlanta, Georgia. New York toy salesman Edwin S. Lowe renamed it “Bingo” after he overheard someone accidentally yell “Bingo” instead of “Beano.” The game was a sensation, and it provided a much-needed diversion for people during the Great Depression.