Andrew Tonry

Another awesome thing about Portland? Our strong and vibrant drag community. And the most beloved leader of that community is undoubtedly Darcelle (AKA Walter Cole)—owner and grand maven of Darcelle XV Showplace, America's longest running drag show. But that's not all she's accomplished! Check out this announcement from the Guinness Book of World Records:

The oldest drag queen performer is Walter "Darcelle XV" Cole (USA, b. 16 November 1930), who remains active at the age of 85 years, 273 days as of 15 August 2016.

Hurrah for Darcelle for going strong and keeping Portland entertained! She's truly an inspiration. Want to learn more about this Portland original? Check out this classic Mercury profile of Darcelle.