‘The Evergreen’: Drag in the Pacific Northwest

By Julie Sabatier (OPB)
Feb. 12, 2024 2 p.m.
Portland’s most iconic drag queen, Darcelle, performs June 5, 2022 in Portland. Darcelle, also known as Walter W. Cole Sr., died of natural causes at the age of 92.

Portland’s most iconic drag queen, Darcelle, performs June 5, 2022 in Portland. Darcelle, also known as Walter W. Cole Sr., died of natural causes at the age of 92.

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Drag has a rich history in the Pacific Northwest. We hear about the legendary drag queen Darcelle XV, who had been an entertainer for more than five decades when she died last year at the age of 92, and the queens who are carrying on her legacy of love and laughter. We round out the episode with two Pacific Northwest queens who have competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race, and say that the culture of drag is different here.

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