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.
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.
🏳️🌈 UNTOLD TALE
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...”
🏳️🌈 AN AFFAIR TO SING ABOUT
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.
The celebrate includes beer and a food truck rally.
🏳️🌈 BOOZY CRAWL
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.
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.
🏳️🌈 CROWNS FOR THE NEW COURT
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.
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.
🏳️🌈 PRIDEFUL EATS
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.
🏳️🌈 FAMILY-FRIENDLY FESTIVAL
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 Dare2Defy; INNOVAtheatre; Holly Berry; Johnny Justice Black; Oliver Dixon; Jasmine Miller & Co.; Amaya Sexton; Ohio Brass & Electric; Springfield Arts Council’s cast of “Oliver;” the cast of MJ’s on Jefferson; Sabrina Caprice Heartt; Redd Valentine; Olivia Jane; V. Master Chad; Lucky & Mikayla Denise; Shampaine Austin Lee & Leah Halston and Miss Masque and Miss Masque Newcomer 2018.
🏳️🌈 UP IN THE CLUB
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.
🏳️🌈 PLAY BALL
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.