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Key West drag queen Puddin’ Taine was crowned Queen Mother 38 at the 38th annual drag pageant on May 13 at Key West Theater. The event is now in its 38th year. LARRY BLACKBURN/Keys Weekly

For 38 years, Key West has crowned a local drag queen as its honored Queen Mother, and this year was no different.

Puddin’ Taine took home the 2024 crown on May 13 at Key West Theater, where a dozen or so contestants performed while dressed to the nines in sky-high heels, wigs and beaded evening gowns.

Renowned female impersonator Christopher Peterson, who recently opened the Birdcage Cabaret at the Aquaplex, emceed the evening that raised thousands of dollars for Metropolitan Community Church’s Cooking With Love program, which prepares and delivers weekly meals to residents who have a tough time getting around and paying for meals. A portion of the proceeds also benefits the One Human Family foundation, which spreads Key West’s One Human Family philosophy worldwide. 

Mandy Miles
Mandy Miles drops stuff, breaks things and falls down more than any adult should. An award-winning writer, reporter and columnist, she's been stringing words together in Key West since 1998. "Local news is crucial," she says. "It informs and connects a community. It prompts conversation. It gets people involved, holds people accountable. The Keys Weekly takes its responsibility seriously. Our owners are raising families in Key West & Marathon. Our writers live in the communities we cover - Key West, Marathon & the Upper Keys. We respect our readers. We question our leaders. We believe in the Florida Keys community. And we like to have a good time." Mandy's married to a saintly — and handy — fishing captain, and can't imagine living anywhere else.