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Metro Gala 2022

May 9, 2022 @ 5:00 pm

Free – $50
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Get your looks together, honey… you’re invited to the Metro Gala!

Wondering how your invitation to the Met Gala got lost in the mail?

Thinking maybe-next-year on that $35,000 dinner plate ticket?

We gotchyouyou’re on the A-Train list for the party! In the streets where everyone’s exclusively invited to celebrate our world’s highest art potential….

The Metro Gala is back for its 3rd incarnation, and ready to be more fabulous than ever.

..:::Dress in your iconic look for the theme::..


Take inspiration from our stories, anthems and folklore past, and turn them into fashion for the future.

> Dress ideas include:

• Classic Americana-rama

• Gilded Goth

• Funky Folklore Fantasy

• Red White and Hot Glue

• Star Spangled Glamour

• First Lady Liberty

• Baseball Babe

• Rip Van Sprinkles

•Country Couture…

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There will be categories and prizes!


Kids, pets, and matching couples are all welcome to attend and walk the red carpet.

Thrown by the Permanent Magical Culture Society and a loose collective of transformative-attire-and street-pageantry-enthusiasts, the guerrilla-style Metro Gala has grown into a public staple.

Part tribute, part parody of the infamous Met Gala, it’s a public free-form open-participation runway fashion (and performance) show, held on the South Plaza of Union Square Park by the subway station.


• 5:00PM – Cocktail hour with passed hors d’ouvres and photo opps on the steps.

• 6:30PM – The MC’d runway event

• 8:00PM – We take the underground and hit the underground (subway) scene with glamorous mobile antics, ending at an (optional) karaoke after-party at Skinny Bar!

The Metro Gala is held on Monday 9 May, the week after the slightly-more-famous Met Gala, whose theme this year is In America: An Anthology of Fashion.

Whether you turn a look in the runway show, or come revel in the lavish looks turnt out in the middle of Union Square, participation is FREE!

*Donations and art sponsors are highly encouraged and welcome, however!*

This year, we are offering a select few handful of $50 VIP table seating!

Want to support magical public arts–and have a nice place to sit and be served for the evening?

• Get your VIP ticket to the Metro Gala! •

This event is free with RSVP!

See you there, subway superstars!


May 9, 2022
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free – $50
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Union Square Park, 14th Street, Manhattan
East 14th Street & Broadway
New York, NY 10003 United States
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