There were belly laughs.
There were oooooo’s and ahhhhh’s.
And nearly 400 people in Harrah’s Plaza on Friday July 27 officially kicked off Northern Nevada Pride’s 2018 edition with Drag Wars, with smiles of their faces.
The event created by the talents of Jillian Helget and Meredith Tanzer features a series of “games“ contestants participate in, in pairs (a ”drag king” and a “drag queen”). Points are awarded during each event and the winners are named at the end with the title Drag Wars King and Drag Wars Queen . The winners are asked to come back the following year and participate again.
Hosting the event since it began was Stephanie Nicole LeDream who told the audience “this was a weekend she wouldn’t miss for the world!” Lotta Dee, who has only been performing in drag for about a year, entertained the audience to open the show.
“I usually have backup dancers with me but I couldn’t fit them in my suitcase this weekend,” Lotta Dee told therenogaypage.
There were 14 contestants, two of whom, Brittany Diamond and Jackson were last years winners, competed in “Run Bitch Run”, Jousting, Luggage Cart Luge, Bear Wrestling, Hungry Hungry Hop-Hoes, and musical chairs.
For the first time there was a tie for Drag King between last years winner Jackson and newcomer Jamal. Organizers held a lap dance-off to determine the winner. Jackson was again crown Drag Wars King and Drag Wars Queen was Hellena Handbasket. The Peoples Choice award went to Jamal.
The evening continued with the first ever Reno Pride Rainbow Crawl featuring 8 downtown locations with drink specials and other surprises.
The Community Pride Parade kicks off Saturday’s celebration of Pride starting under the Arch at 10 am. The festival opens at 11 am in Wingfield Park in the heart of downtown in the middle of the Truckee River. The day closes with the Mayor’s Pride Party at 7:30 hosted by Hillary Schieve, Mayor of the City of Reno, at Faces NV.
Read the full story in the August 4 edition of therenogaypage.