In 1976, Terry Warren, dressed in drag, was denied entry into a restaurant in Fire Island. It is hard to believe this actually happened because Fire Island Pines is a fairy land of wonderment and joy (known to some as ‘tan penis island’) and is one of the gayest places on Earth.

Warren went home, told her friends, and quickly mobilized a gaggle of drag queens to invade Fire Island and to take their rightful spot in The Pines. Every July 4th, the invasion is commemorated by 100s of drag queens that get on a boat, and bring their fantastic (and sometimes offensive) looks to the Pines, strutting down a red carpet the entire way.