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The Drag Ball at Oberlin College

Each year, Oberlin College throws down around $30,000 to make its Drag Ball the best festival of debauchery around. For one night each spring, the school converts its student union into four floors of non-stop partying, with numerous dance clubs, runway shows, karaoke bars, cabarets, and sex rooms. As many as 2,000 townies, gownies, and their friends pay $12 to get in; almost all come in drag. Timid hetero boys get to explore their John Waters diva side, while the ladies give jockstraps, leather chaps, and fake moustaches a try. Some show up in nothing at all.

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