I described the magical beginning of the evening of April 6, 2013 when the International Imperial Court held its annual fabulous "A Night of a Thousand Gowns - NOATG" at the Hilton Hotel, located at 1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York City. The star-studded evening featured a red carpet, a dinner with dancing, live entertainment, an awards ceremony and the runway procession of royalty, decked to the nines. Part 1 covered my going to the event, arriving at the Hilton and being part of the media covering the exciting Red Carpet.
In this Part 2, I’ve listed below the 10 videoclips that memorialize parts of the evening, including speeches, awards beautiful processions of emperors and empresses in gorgeous attire and awesome performers. That would have been enough to make a very complete excellent evening. But what put it over the top was my luck in meeting a very funny Imperial Court member who convinced me to stay at the event (and who snuck me inside!), how we met a tribe of mothers and daughters who that day came up from Atlanta GA after hearing anecdotes about NOATG on a local radio show, and how I ran into old friends, some of whom I had not seen for about 20 years. The night had everything so special to me – people, music, dance, entertainment, artistic flair, creativity and the opening for new beginnings. Not writing this Part 2 about this event until July would ordinarily make me guilty about being so late in my reporting. But I have the pleasure to report that just last night on July 20th I attended the Imperial Court’s “Christmas in July” at the Hardware Bar, located at 667 10th Avenue, NY, NY 10036, raising money for Bailey House (which helps homeless LGBT individuals). I got to see first hand the Imperial Court’s talents in various performances (and even got to do a 3-minute comedy set of my own), entertaining the large crowed and raising a significant sum of money, all while having lots of fun. Within a short time, I got to experience the caring and friendship of many members and witness a very empowering and fun-lovingn organization in action in the community. At the end of the evening, I said I’d love to join, and smiled to myself that “every night should be like this.”
Videoclip 1 - Karen Mason sings several songs.
Videoclip 2 – Speeches, including by President Gary Cosgrove) and various awards given, including by Emperor XXI Ritz Kraka and Empress XXVI Witti Repartee.
Videoclip 3 – More speeches, awards and some performances.
Videoclip 4 – An Imperial Court member (along with a friend and Fran Sisco) run into (and talk with) visitors who traveled from Atlanta, GA to see NOATG attendees.
Videoclip 5 – More performances and processions and announcements.
Videoclip 6 – Taylor Dane performs.
Videoclip 7 – More processions and performances, including Chad Michaels as Cher, singing “Strong Enough.”
Videoclip 8 – Silent auctions, running into friends Mary and then Jennifer and Jerry and Nicole.
Videoclip 9 – More with Jerry, Nicole and Fran, saying hello to the video camera to mutual friend Brianna Austin.
Videoclip 10 – A few after-clips and driving away.
I had a GREAT TIME, and want to thank everyone who participated in the event in genereal, and those captured in my report in particular. Stay tuned to my A Girls Life column here on TGreporter.com, and upcoming events coverage of events in the NYC area.
See you all out and about!