5th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant
September 17, 2021
10:00p – 1:00a
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 In 2020, the Center eliminated these outdated binary titles to switched to a single “Mx” category.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?
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.
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 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 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
Thank you to all of the Pageant Sponsors who help make this event and our amazing Prize Package possible!