June First Friday in Dayton was held June 2 and kicked off the Dayton Pride festival and Light Up the Night. PHOTO / Tom Gilliam

Ultimate guide to Dayton Gay Pride 2018 

Weekend features parade, RuPaul Drag Race winner Raja and contestant Miz Cracker, brunches, beer and high-heeled kickball 

 A legendary Dayton drag queen with be the symbolic grand marshal of a parade set to paint downtown  Dayton rainbow Saturday afternoon 

A car carrying a crown won by The Legendary Misty Knight (Sheila BAILEY) will lead the Dayton Gay Pride Parade “in memory of her,”  Randy Phillips, president of the Greater Dayton LGBT Center, said. 

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Scene from the Dayton Gay Pride Parade held in downtown Dayton on Saturday, June 7. TY GREENLEES / STAFF

The parade is just one part of a weekend of events celebrating LGBTQ Pride here in Dayton.  

Here is the rundown  that includes info about  food, appearances from RuPaul Drag Race queens,  brunches and high-heeled kickball. 


A screening of “The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin” will kick off the weekend ton 

6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight,  Thursday, May 31 in The Eichelberger Forum in side of the Dayton Metro Library’s downtown branch,  215 E 3rd St.

From the movie’s description of movie: “This award-winning documentary examines the life and work of the creator of “Tales of the City” book series and PBS mini-series, following his evolution from a conservative son of the Old South into a gay rights pioneer...


The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus will salute the U.S.O. on Saturday, April 8. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Photo: Staff Writer

The Dayton Gay Men’s Chorus and The Rubi Girls, a Dayton-based comedy drag troupe, will perform Friday at Affair on the Square 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Courthouse Square in downtown Dayton. 

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The celebrate includes beer and a food truck rally. 

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June First Friday in Dayton was held June 2 and kicked off the Dayton Pride festival and Light Up the Night.
Photo: Tom Gilliam


The Dayton Pride .5K bar crawl to the nearby gay clubs that make up Dayton’s so-called “Fruit Loop” follows the kickoff Friday. 

Tickets for the bar crawl are $15 LGBT members and $20 for non-members.  They can be purchased by clicking here. 

Crawl participants will be led to Club Masque, MJ’s on Jefferson, The Right Corner and The Stage Door for a cocktail at each bar.

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More than 40 groups will take part in the parade that helps paint downtown  red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple, the colors of the gay pride parade. 

The parade lines up at 11 a.m. 


The 2017 Dayton Pride Court includes community ally Becki Norgaard, court kin Gage Gatlyn; court queen Tina Hightower and community leader Brenden Wynn.
Photo: Dayton LGBT Center

This year’s  Dayton Pride  Parade Court includes community ally Becki Norgaard, court king Gage Gatlyn; court queen Tina Hightower and community leader Brenden Wynn

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Hightower, Dayton’s favorite drag queen in Dayton.com Best of Dayton people’s choice award, and Brenden Wynn, are recent Daytonians of The Week.  

You voted Tina Hightower Dayton.com’s 2017 Best of Dayton Drag Queen. Video by Amelia Robinson

It is the second year for the court will help lead the parade. 

“It is to highlight the personalities in our community whether it be a LGBT person or an  ally and the work they they do to advance our community,” Phillips said. 

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A 9 a.m. breakfast Saturday at MJ’s on Jefferson, 20 N. Jefferson St., will precede the parade that kicks off at noon from the corner of Second and St. Clair streets and heads to Courthouse Square. A $5 donation will be requested. 

Mudlick Tap  House, 135 E. Second St. will host the Party Before the Parade: Pride Brunch 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 

A portion of brunch sales  will be donated to the Greater Dayton LGBT Center.

The Barrel House 417 E Third St., will partner with PFLAG Dayton for a special Print and Pints event  11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday. 

A special Pride beer from Braxton Brewing Company will be tapped. A $1 of  every pint sold will be donated to PFLAG Dayton. 

Wheat Penny Over and Bar will have its annual Pride Brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. 

Brunch menu will include  pizzas, fried chicken and waffles, eggs benedict, egg sandwiches,  warm powdered sugar dusted warm beignets with crème anglaise and chocolate sauce and Kiki’s special Pride cocktails. 


Dayton LGBT Pride Weekend 2015 kicked off with The Rubi Girls' incredible voyage to Courthouse Square on Dayton Link Ride Share Bike for the Affair on the Square Friday, June 5. The parade the next day was fun and oh so festival. There were floats, cars a band and a fantastic showing by  MJ's on Jefferson. Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley read a supportive proclamation, performed a mass commitment ceremony and announced that she would make tome to marry same-sex couples free of charge once the Supreme Court declared same-sex marriage legal. Photos by Amelia Robinson

The Pride festival lasts until 4 p.m. on Courthouse Square. 

The event includes kids’ activities, performances on the main stage and 70 booths, those serving food and beer included.

Main stage entertainment will be hosted by Miss National Comedy Queen Amanda Sue and Sky Black. 

Performers include Dare2DefyINNOVAtheatre;  Holly BerryJohnny Justice Black; Oliver DixonJasmine Miller & Co.; Amaya SextonOhio Brass & ElectricSpringfield Arts Council’s cast of “Oliver;” the cast of MJ’s on Jefferson; Sabrina Caprice HearttRedd Valentine; Olivia JaneV. Master ChadLucky & Mikayla DeniseShampaine Austin Lee & Leah Halston and Miss Masque and Miss Masque Newcomer 2018. 


E.L. Hubbard photography Club Masque celebrated Pride Night, a part of LGBT Pride Week, Saturday, June 6, 2009. Inaya Day and Taylor Dane performed, and even Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin was there. Were you?

Pride will be celebrated by Dayton's downtown gay clubs: Club Masque, 34 N. Jefferson St.; Stage Door Musical Bar, 44 N. Jefferson St.; The Right Corner, 105 E. Third St.; and MJ’s on Jefferson.

Raja , the winner from the third season of RuPaul’s Drag Race,  will be at Masque 11 p.m. Friday. 

There will be a free meet and greet following her performance. 

Miz Cracker will be at the club 11 p.m. Saturday. 

Doors open at 8 p.m.  There is a $15 cover. 
Table reservations are available. 

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PFLAG’s "Running with PRIDE 5K Run/Walk" is at 9 a.m. at Welcome Park, 1601 S. Edwin C. Moses Boulevard behind Welcome Stadium. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.

Visit pflagdayton.org for more information. 

The third  annual Spikes & Heels kickball tournament is set for  11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday  at  Burns-Jackson Park on Burns Avenue in Dayton. 

There will be food trucks and beer tents. 

Free agent  registration is $15.  free agent participants will be added to teams.

 Team registration for non-profit and community members teams is $65.  

Registration for business team is $100.  

Teams will battle to be named Spikes & Heels Champ.

 There will be awards for best dressed team, best cheerleaders and best tent decorations.