PRIDE New Haven Pageant

4th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant
Title Competition on Friday, October 9, 2020 | 7:30p

We are looking for drag artists, bio divas, go-go dancers, burlesque performers, activists, and everyone in between to compete for the PRIDE  New Haven Pageant. At the 4th Annual PRIDE New Haven Pageant folks will be competing for the titled Mx PRIDE New Haven.


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 opt to enter either the “Mr” or “Miss” category, but in 2020 the pageant was updated to have a single category of “Mx” in recognition that binary gender identities do not have an impact on a performers’ talent or passion. 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, October 9, 2020 we will host the Title Competition with the pageant contestants will compete in each category. Contestants will show off their best “Mask4Mask” look, perform a “pride” inspired 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 4th Annual Pride New Haven pageant will 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
  • A $100 gift certificate Lunch Box Waxing Center
  • Paid performance bookings at New Haven Pride Center events
  • Paid performance booking at PRIDE New Haven 2020 & 2021
  • Professional photoshoot
  • Two complimentary tickets to attend The Dorothy Awards

Mx PRIDE Haven Pageant Contestants

4th Annual Mx PRIDE New Haven Judges

Dandy Lions

Empress 16 of the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut

Dorothy Award Recipient

Sparkle A. Diamond

Former Ms. Leon’s

Former Ms. East Coast International Newcomer

Former Queen of Pride – Baltimore

Past Baltimore Best Newcomer Award

Jonathan Joseph

Fine Artist

Club Kid

Entrepreneur & Consultant

Gay New Haven Pageant Title Holders

Miss Gay New Haven 2019 Mz October May-Lay. Photo by RahVisions.
Mr and Miss Gay New Haven 2019 Paradise and Mz October May-Lay.
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!