OUT magazine's annual Pride Party has solidified itself as an important and must-attend event for Pride Month, but this year's may definitely be the first to leave its audience a little sore thanks to a very interactive performance from Big Freedia.
Held at the gorgeous Diamond Horseshoe in midtown New York where every table had multiple copies of OUT mag's new Nick Jonas cover and The Advocate's stunning Black Pride cover, the event kicked off with a passionate welcome speech from OUT editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin and a routine from local drag queen Marti Gould Cummings. Soon enough, it was time for the queen to hold court and Big Freedia opened her set sitting atop a decked-out throne, hiding her face behind her own Queen of Bounce-branded hand fan. The diva didn't have her usual troupe of bootyshakers, but she more than held her own as she plowed through her bounce classic "Azz Everywhere" and a rendition of Beyoncé's "Formation" that saw everyone in the crowd shouting Freedia's now-classic lines, "I did not come to play with you hoes / I came to slay, bitch!"
Freedia had some playtime with the audience when she asked for just 10 or so twerking volunteers to join her onstage and wound up with more than two dozen rumpshakers alongside her. After the short-but-sweet-and-super-sweaty set ended, Freedia went into the crowd, worked the room and posed for countless selfies with fans, telling Fuse how much she was loving the New York City crowd's energy.
All-new episodes of Fuse's Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce air every Wednesday at 11/10c. See a preview of next week's episode that includes when Beyoncé initially called the star to work on "Formation" below. Find Fuse in your area with our channel finder.