Last Call: Wednesday, February 16, 2005
Stagecoach Ballroom 2516 E Belknap, FW. 817-831-2261.
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Shaggy, Bay-Be!

A few years ago, John “Shaggy” McCormack was just your everyday crazy-yet-normal barback. With bright orange-red hair, skinny eyeglasses, and a knack for talking, talking, talking, good ol’ Shaggy never threatened decorum. He did his work, laughed a lot, and pretty much brightened every room he walked into.
Shaggy still lights up a room all right — with his smile and his sequined gowns.
See, several months ago (if not a year), Shaggy — for some still unexplained reason — began dressing in drag. A lot of people got a hoot out of it; like, “Oh, Shaggy! You’re such a card.” But many more of us became a little ... concerned. We weren’t uneasy with his sexual orientation; that’s his business. (He’s straight, BTW.) We were worried about the fact that of all the scenesters in Cowtown, Shaggy was probably the last person we’d expect to, you know, queen-ify. To us, dressing in drag is something that’s done by either really pretty and really gay men or somebody who needs attention. Shaggy doesn’t seem to qualify as either. (Everybody knows Shaggy; he’s one of the most popular scenesters in town.) Hence, the confusion.
We worry-warts were warmed to discover over the past few weeks that Shaggy — who had been dressing in drag nearly every weekend at work, at the Black Dog Tavern — had for the most part shelved the pantyhose ... until last week. That’s when Draggy sashayed into the Stagecoach Ballroom with an oversized stuffed alligator named Marty in tow for the 13th Annual Krewe of Kowtown Mardi Gras party and walked out with the titles of “King and Queen of Mardi Gras.”
“We got some cool tiaras but no money,” Shaggy said. “They even gave one to Marty, and when they announced him king of Mardi Gras, he was really good. He didn’t bite or anything.”
The important question: Is Draggy worth Shaggy’s time? The jury’s still out.
“When he came to the door, I wasn’t sure if he was a woman or a man,” said Stagecoach’s 20-year owner, Jean Szajkowski. “When he started talking, though, I figured it out.”

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