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A Midtown Mexican restaurant will trade tacos and tostadas for glitter and glam one day a month from May through October as it plays host to the queens of Ru Paul's Drag Race.

Beginning May 12th, the Ru Paul's Drag Race Series at Café Ole will feature stars from the campy Logo reality show performing on the patio stage once a month. The opening event features Carmen Carrera from season three and Lashauwn Beyond (pictured) from season four.

The restaurant will stop serving dinner at 9 p.m., and DJs Nathan Ashby, Mary Jane, and Lil' Egg Roll will get the party started. The drag show begins at midnight, and besides performances by Ru Paul's Drag Race stars, the opening event also features a slew of local drag performers and Amber Star, an Orlando-based queen with Memphis roots.

"She performed at Amnesia back in the mid-'90s. A lot of people are really excited to see her perform, because they haven't seen her in years," said the series' organizer, Shane Jeffers.

With each $10 entry fee, patrons will be entered to win a spot on the Ru Paul's Drag Race "Drag Stars at Sea" cruise, which sets sail out of Tampa in December. The cruise winner will be selected after the Café Ole series ends in October. Other performers scheduled include Manila Luzon and Sahara Davenport on June 9th, Sharon Needles on July 14th, Latrice Royale on August 11th, Jujubee and Mariah on September 8th, and Nina Flowers and Raven on October 13th.

Ru Paul's Drag Race Series at Café Ole, Saturday, May 12th, 9 p.m.-3 a.m. For tickets, email shane@flamingofla.com or go to Café Ole.

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