Charo Coochie-Coos for Booze Cruise

June 11, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Alize's Cruise to Passion Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, and aboard a Circle Line cruise ship Monday, 06.04.01, 6 PM to 9 PM
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Karin Bacon Events (KBE) brought a little beach flavor to Manhattan for a rollicking party for Alize. Called the Cruise to Passion, the cognac-soaked event included a trip on a Circle Line cruise ship that launched from Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport.

But here's what made it more than your typical jaunt along the water: The evening's hostesses were Charo (who's still famous just for being Charo) and Traci Elizabeth Lords (who's still famous for being a porn star, even if she's added a middle name). The guest list included drag performers including Screaming Queens' Miss Understood and Justin Bond (half of the brilliant downtown lounge act Kiki & Herb). KBE brought in a makeup artist to give guests temporary tattoos, and drag DJ Lady Bunny played a mix of disco hits and ship-inspired music (“Rock the Boat” and the theme from The Love Boat). It all felt more Coney Island than Frankie and Annette.

Guests arriving at the event--which was blessed with beautiful early-summer weather--got help getting to the dock area from Manhattan Rickshaw Company pedicabs, which also added to the carefree, fun feel of the event. After an hour and a half of cocktails on the dock and aboard the ship, the boat went for an hour-long jaunt around the Statue of Liberty.

The folks from KBE brought their typical creative touch to all.phpects of the event, from the fun invitations (flower-studded flip flops), to the beach towels and umbrellas arranged as decor on the pier, to the sand pail (by Best Impressions) filled with beachy toys given as gift bags.

--Chad Kaydo

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