On the final Saturday of June, nearly 20,000 gays pulled up under the Kosciuszko bridge in Brooklyn to celebrate Pride month’s biggest bash yet, LadyLand Festival, where despite the pouring rain, they screamed and revelled between three stages until the early morning.

After headliners Arca, Tokischa, Sevdaliza, and Bob the Drag Queen tore their sets, they mounted the stage to judge a ballroom performance, where the queen of celebration herself, Madonna, made a surprise appearance as a judge. Kevin Prodigy and Dashaun Wesley MCed the ball, which was creative directed by Ricardo Gomes and Geordon Nicol, and Madonna’s 11-year-old daughter made her DJ debut as DJ QUEEN ESTERE, after which our social editor Julian Ribeiro grabbed some VIPs to give us the rundown on the surreal night.

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