Crowns and Gowns: Imperial Court of Minnesota Hosts Coronation XVII

Empress XVI, Helen Back. Photo by Paul Nixdorf

Although it’s primarily a fund-raising organization bringing in thousands of dollars annually for local charities, the Imperial Court of Minnesota (ICOM), founded in 1992, does so by hosting fun drag shows with plenty crowns and gowns. Over the next two weeks, ICOM is mounting a series of events culminating in its grandest event of the year, Coronation XVII: “Minnesota State Fair, Everything on a Stick,” on August 16. That night, Empress XVI, Helen Back, steps down after a very successful reign. Candidate Billie La Tease Austin will be crowned Empress XVII, provided that she receives the required number of votes in an uncontested election.

Schedule of Events


Aug. 1
Park House
2120 Park Ave., Mpls.

Awards Show

Aug. 9 • 8 PM

Family Show

Aug. 14 • 9 PM

Out-of-Town Show

Aug. 15 • 6 PM

Bus Tour

Innuendo • 19 Bar • Brass Rail
Gay 90’s • Saloon
Aug. 15 • 9:30 PM
Departs from Innuendo

Coronation XVII

Aug. 16 • 7 PM
Hilton Garden Inn

Victory Brunch

Aug. 17 • 11 AM
Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn

411 Minnesota St., St. Paul


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