The 2021 Pageant is On!

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

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

Welcome to the Blue Ridge Pride Pageant page. For over a decade the drag artists of the Blue Ridge Mountains have come together to compete for the title of Miss Blue Ridge Pride. In 2012 a King pageant was held but in 2018 the event reached its current incarnation when it was renamed the Blue Ridge Pride Pageant and opened to all forms of drag artists.  

Our titleholders have been community servants, political activists, queer artists, inspirational speakers, role models for hard work, and so much more. We are excited to hold a competition where drag excellence that isn’t confined to a certain style or genre of artistic gender expression. 

We hope that you come out and enjoy the amazing drag artistry of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A beautiful place with beautiful people, we are very proud of our local drag community. 

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

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.

Jasmine Summers
Reigning Miss Blue Ridge Pride
Ida Carolina
Pageant Director
DRAG at the Festival
Pride & LEAF Videos
History of the Crown

2009 – Miss – Coco Couture
2010 – Miss – Tyra Couture
2011 – Miss – Eureka O’Hara
2012 – Miss – Odette Dynasty O’Hara
2012 – Mr – Bruno Diaz
2013 – Miss – Manhattan
2014 – Miss – Eureka O’Hara
2015 – Miss – Ida Carolina
2016 – Miss – Ginger Von Snap
2017 – Miss – Anna Tomical
2018 – Mx – Natasha Noir Nightly
2019 – Miss – Jasmine Summers

Archives
Local DRAG Venues
Asheville Beauty Academy
Asheville Drag Brunch
Banks Ave.
The Burger Bar
Catawba Brewing Company
The Crow and Quill
The Getaway
The Odditorium
O.Henry’s
Ole Shakey’s
Scandals Nightclub
Youth Outright Drag Brunch
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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.