“The Queens!” That’s Alfie Pettit’s immediate response when asked to complete the phrase, #ILoveGayPalmSprings because…
AKA Arial Trampway, Alfie Pettit is a humanitarian and entertainer (he’s behind and headlining the new DRG BRNCH, Sundays, at the Hard Rock Hotel), and has had multiple brushes with film, television, and pop stars. In fact, “Alfie's of Hollywood” became a trusted source for photographs, autographs, memorabilia and anecdotes.
So when we asked him about “The Queens!”, Alfie adds, “We have the most concentrated queen-per-capita coverage and it shows. If you want drag, baby, we got it. Virtually any day, any time of day, you can find a local show with amazing performances by local and imported drag queens and kings.”
He continues, “As a queen myself, the opportunities are boundless. I've been blessed enough to don my heels for numerous performances, promotions, and charities throughout the years here.”
“Arial” has raised money for countless charities, including Desert AIDS Project, Angel View and Animal Samaritans. Alfie works closely with ACS, helping support their Desert Spirit Awards.
Arial was the show opener for Carnival Cabaret, and could be seen jetting around on his Segway promoting the show during Palm Springs' Gay Pride Parade and other local events.
Alfie concludes, “…Most queens here are extremely involved in local charities. It's a place of pride for us. And I promise you, you’re not going to find a more supportive community of drag queens anywhere. We know we are all in it together.”
Thank you, Alfie, for keeping the glamour factor high and pocketbooks open!
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