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Charo Coochie-Coos for Booze Cruise

June 11, 2001, 12:00 AM EDT

Charo (center) served as hostess for Alize's Cruise to Passion event and posed with drag queens including Screaming Queens' Miss Understood (left).

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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