Nashville Pride hosts annual pageant

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Who will be named the reigning drag king and queen for 2008-2009 at the annual Nashville Pride Pageant?

That question will soon be answered as one of Nashville’s most popular pageants gets underway on Sunday, May 18, at Play Dance Bar.

“Past year’s winners have included Bianca Paige, Taylor St. James, Racquel Scott, Trinity Monroe, DaKota St. James, Stephanie Wells, Mya Campbell, Geri A. Ellington, and the late Katrina Avalon,” said Joshua Baker, chairman and producer of the Pride Pageant. “We expect more wonderful entertainers to emerge from this year’s pageant, so please come out and support this year’s winners, Nashville Pride, and most importantly, yourself.”

The pageant will start at 8 p.m. with special guests “The Punk Phunk Phairytale” The Princess; DeeRanged, the reigning Miss National Entertainer of the Year; “The Oriental Goddess” Regine Phillips; “The Ebony Goddess” Chyna; Daisy Rae Welch “Big Mama”; 2007 Miss Gay Pride Ariana La’Moire’ and 2007 Mr. Gay Pride Damien Payne.

Rules and regulations for the pageant can be found on the Nashville Pride Website here. Registration forms are available here as well as at Performance Studios and Outloud Bookstore. The entry fee for the 2008 Pride Pageant is $35. The pageant will be judged in the following categories:

  • Presentation
  • Formal Wear/Question and Answer (Women Gown/Men Tux or Suit)
  • Talent

Prizes for Miss Pride include:
First Prize: Crown and sash, $300 cash, earring/necklace set, inclusion in Pride Fest 2008, additional performance bookings
First Runner-Up: $35.00 entry fee returned

Prizes for Mr. Pride include:
First Prize: Scepter and sash, $300 cash, inclusion in the Pride Fest 2008, performance at 2008 Drag King Extravaganza
First Runner-Up: $35.00 entry fee returned

For more information visit www.nashvillepride.org or www.myspace.com/nashville_pride.