PRIDE New Haven Pageant

5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant

September 17, 2021
10:00p – 1:00a

FREE event
Partners Cafe, 365 Crown Street, New Haven

 

We are looking for drag artists, divas, go-go dancers, burlesque performers, activists, and everyone in between to compete in the 5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant. At the 5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant, competitors will compete in three different categories (talent, interview, and fashion) to win our amazing prize package and the title of Mx PRIDE New Haven. Who is going to take the crown?

This year’s competition will be hosted by Miss PRIDE New Haven 2018 Mia E Z’Lay.

History of the Pageant

The PRIDE New Haven Pageant was created for the 19th PRIDE New Haven in 2017 by Pageant Producer Sylvia Heart. What started as a “happy accident,” has grown into a full pageant modeled after many of the regional and national pageant systems. Originally pageant contestants opted to enter either the “Mr” or “Miss” category. In 2020, the Center eliminated these outdated binary titles to switched to a single “Mx” category. Winners are expected to represent PRIDE New Haven for an entire year at major events throughout Connecticut and attend the following years’ pageant to help with crowning the new title holders.

Want to compete?

Are you 21+? Do you live in Connecticut? Than you are eligible to compete to become our next Mx PRIDE New Haven. Click here to fill out your application and pay your application fee

On Friday, September 17th, 2021 we will host the Title Competition with the pageant contestants will compete in each category. Contestants will show off their best looks, perform a “pride” inspired talent showcase, and wear their best evening wear look for a judges Q&A. Our judges, with audience support, will select the final winner. This years’ pageant will be hosted by Miss Gay New Haven 2018 Mia E Z’Lay.

The 5th Annual Pride New Haven pageant will also be streamed live on Twitch TV.

Click here to download a full list of pageant rules and expectations.
2nd Miss & Mr Gay New Haven Pageant. Photos by Daniel Eugene / #NHVdrag
Gay New Haven Pageant Founding Producer Sylvia Heart. Photo by #NHVdrag by Daniel Eugene Photography.

The Prize Package

Mx PRIDE New Haven a prize package includes:

  • $250 Cash Prize
  • Mx PRIDE New Haven Crown
  • Mx PRIDE New Haven Sash
  • A bottle of a special edition of Stoli Vodka
  • Paid performance bookings at New Haven Pride Center events
  • Paid performance booking at PRIDE New Haven 2022
  • Professional photoshoot
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend The Dorothy Awards

Mx PRIDE Haven Pageant Contestants

5th Annual Mx PRIDE New Haven Judges

dolores degage

Dolores Dégagé Hopkins

New Haven Pride Center Board Member

Member of the Imperial Court of New York 

Host of the Greater Bridgeport Pride Variety Show

Director of Ballet / Joan Lynn Dance Company

Dolores Dégagé Photography

Sparkle Diamond _ Circle

Sparkle A. Diamond

Former Ms. Leon’s

Former Ms. East Coast International Newcomer

Former Queen of Pride – Baltimore

Past Baltimore Best Newcomer Award

Miss Frank Borrelli

Empress 22 of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut

Assistant Producer of PRIDE New Haven

Theatre Artist and LGBTQ+ Activist

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts

Gay New Haven Pageant Title Holders

Mx PRIDE New Haven Rory Roux Lay
Mx PRIDE New Haven Rory Roux Lay with Miss Gay New Haven 2019 2019 Mz October May-Lay and Mr Gay New Haven 2019 Paradise.
Mx PRIDE New Haven Rory Roux Lay
Miss Gay New Haven 2019 Mz October May-Lay. Photo by RahVisions.
Mr Gay New Haven 2019 Paradise.
Miss Gay New Haven 2018 Mia E Z'Lay. Photo by #NHVdrag
Mr Gay New Haven 2018 Logan Starr and Miss Gay New Haven 2018 Mia E Z'Lay after being crowned. Photo by #NHVdrag
Mr Gay New Haven 2018 Logan Starr. Photo by #NHVdrag
Miss Gay New Haven 2017 Venus Neveah.
Miss Gay New Haven 2017 Venus Neveah and Mr Gay New Haven 2017 Rob McMullen after being crowned.
Mr Gay New Haven 2017 Rob McMullen

Pageant Sponsors

Thank you to all of the Pageant Sponsors who help make this event and our amazing Prize Package possible!