In the summer of 1986, downtown videographer Nelson Sullivan filmed a group of drag queens on a walk from Times Square to the East Village. At some point, they run into RuPaul. And a shirtless guy in velvet pants with a large boombox on his shoulder.
The streets, compared to today's throng, are practically empty. Ice cream cones are had at the dearly missed Howard Johnson's.
RuPaul drifts down Avenue A in angel wings made of shredded paper, making a crunching noise in boots made of plastic grocery bags.
These are not your fresh and clean drag queens of today.