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.
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.
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
- Miss Blue Ridge Pride Pageant Challenges Gender Norms (Sep 25, 2017, Mountain Xpress)
- The Frame: Miss Blue Ridge Pride pageant (October 5, 2017, Asheville Citizen Times)
- Video Review: 2017 Pageant
Local DRAG VenuesAsheville Beauty Academy
Asheville Drag Brunch
The Burger Bar
Catawba Brewing Company
The Crow and Quill
Youth Outright Drag Brunch