Our countdown to one of Toronto’s greatest festivities continues as we step closer to Toronto Pride‘s 35th anniversary in our cha cha heels. On Saturday June 27th,  Yonge-Dundas Square transforms into Canada’s largest drag show extravaganza with 35 queens and kings taking centre stage with 35 years of music.

And what’s a party without a little Latin fever?

She’s sassy, she’s ravishing, she’s Anahi Batista! This style maven knows her groove. Her outrageous and wildly festive costumes are staples and showstoppers at Church On Church’s Latin Saturdays and at The Legendary Motherhouse El Convento Rico. A crowd favourite, the hot anthems and non-stop fever pitch of her performances are the perfect fit for her welcome appearance at Pride.

What does Pride mean to you?

For me it means we are one big family coming together as one!

What are you most looking forward to this year at Pride?

Performing for everyone and having the opportunity to showcase my creativity for everyone.

What have been your highlights as a performer so far?

I think the first time I performed at El Convento Rico nightclub. Also, that same year I performed at Pride for the first time and had the chance to meet Nina Flowers.

What’s your favorite song to perform?

Absolutely anything from J-Lo. I adore Jennifer Lopez as well as Selena and Gloria Estefan.

Who is your drag idol?

Farrah N Hyte and Katinka Kature. They are very inspirational and I admire them greatly.

What year and song are you representing on stage at the Yonge-Dundas Square Drag On event?

I have the honor of representing 2006 and my song is Shakira’s ‘Hips Don’t Lie’ .

Watch Anahi  Batista shake those hips at Yonge-Dundas Square alongside Toronto’s hottest talents Saturday June 27th 2:00 PM -11:00 PM for ‘Drag On!’. Check back in with theBuzz as we catch up and chat with more amazing performers. Happy Pride Buzzsters!

Photo courtesy of El Convento Rico.

About the Author

The beautiful and legendary Donnarama has graced the stages of T.O with outrageous costumes and comedy skits, and there is never a dull moment! A scene queen and Canadian drag staple, her dedication, pioneering originality and uniqueness have scored her numerous awards, bar titles and visits to therapy. Visit Donnarama on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/donnarama.italiana