The 2021 Pageant is On!

Coming This Fall … the 12th BLUE RIDGE PRIDE Pageant!

Banks Ave Bar | 32 Banks Ave | Date & Time TBD

It is incredible to be here right now. The Blue Ridge Pride Pageant’s first decade has come to a close. With this year’s pageant, we embark on a new one. Ten kings and queens have represented this title.  Who will be number twelve?

The Blue Ridge Pride Pageant has gone through many changes, but each year without fail, the torch has been passed with the heart burning true to represent and inspire the queer community.

Our titleholders have been community servants, political activists, queer artists, inspirational speakers, role models for hard work, lovers, fighters, and so much more. As the pageant director this year I want to help the titleholder shape their reign to their unique gifts and abilities. We are excited to continue a competition where drag excellence that isn’t confined to a certain style or genre of artistic gender expression.

Competing in and winning this pageant changed my life. This legacy is close to my heart and one I feel blessed to be working with today. Win or lose, you make a powerful statement by entering this competition. You are saying that you love who you are and what you do. You are sharing your passion with your community. You are demonstrating commitment to your artistry by taking the risk of having it judged. And you are presenting yourself ready to stand with your community as a symbol of the values we hold dear. No matter what happens on stage or on the score sheet those are powerful actions and you will be made stronger for taking them.

We look forward to the start of a new decade.

Ida Carolina
Miss Blue Ridge Pride 2015
Blue Ridge Pride Pageant Director

 

Jasmine Summers
Reigning Mx Blue Ridge Pride
Ida Carolina
Pageant Director
DRAG at the Festival
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Pageant Code of Conduct

The code of conduct can be found in its entirety in the 2019 Pageant Handbook.  We have excerpted a part of it below.

Support of Blue Ridge Pride Mission. The titleholder is expected to fulfill their role in support of Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.’s mission. A core part of our mission is to grow a community in Western North Carolina that is safe, welcoming, and inclusive of everyone, whether they are LGBTQ, an ally, or a non-ally.

We believe that everyone should be free to express and live their identity, so long as they respect and support the right of others to do the same. Therefore, the titleholder should treat all people with respect at all times, especially when representing Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc.

The titleholder should feel free to express and celebrate their own identity. They should feel free to focus on uplifting the queer community and calling attention to its beauty. Indeed, they are encouraged to do so. But when representing Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc., the titleholder must refrain from publicly critiquing others’ gendered expressions and identities.

Blue Ridge Pride Center, Inc. stands for everyone’s right to pursue and express their own identity. We are categorically opposed to telling anyone who they should or should not be.

UPCOMING LOCAL PAGEANTS & LINKS
LOCAL TITLEHOLDERS
  • Mr Asheville Sweetheart: Sylvur Cox
  • Miss Asheville Sweetheart: Ridley Havoc
  • Mr Kingdom Newcomer: Damien Grey
  • Miss Kingdom Newcomer: Cliché Cass-St. James
  • Miss Scandals: Kassandra Hylton
  • Mr Gay Asheville: Jordan Grimm O’Hara
  • Miss Gay Asheville: Manhattan
  • Mr Gay Latino Asheville: Aries Mateo Kelly
  • Miss Gay Latina Asheville: Kassandra Hylton
  • Mr Inferno: Shane Grant
  • Miss Inferno: Anna Tomical
  • Miss Spotlight Newcomer: Aurora Starz
  • Mx Blue Ridge Pride: Natasha Nightly

Special Congratulations to Priscilla Chambers, Contestant on Season 3 of the Boulet Brothers’ Dragula

Archives
LOCAL DRAG SHOWS
Scandals Nightclub

Featuring Kingdom and Spotlight Showcase. Weekend Drag Shows Friday – Sunday | 18+ / Downtown Asheville

O.Henry’s

Weekend Drag Shows Friday and Saturday | 21+ / Downtown Asheville

partyFOUL at The Odditorium

Once a week | 18+ / West Asheville

Queer Night at Ole Shakey’s

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month |21+ / Riverside

Banks Ave.

Parties including “Tuck It Up Buttercup,” “Communion Sunday,” and many more. | 21+ / Downtown Asheville

Sunday’s Are A Drag at The Crow and Quill

Once a month | 21+ / Downtown Asheville

Youth Outright’s Drag Brunch at The Grey Eagle

1st Saturday of the month | All Ages / River Arts District

Asheville Drag Brunch

Once a month at different venues | All Ages

Drag Karaoke at The Burger Bar

One Saturday a month | 21+ / River Arts District

Drag Night at Hopey & Co.

Thursdays | All Ages / Downtown Asheville

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