Fri 6/7 @ 8:30PM
Columbus’s ebullient drag artiste Nina West will be hosting the Akron Pride Drag Battle, taking place at the appropriately over-the-top Akron Civic Theatre. The drag kings and queens competing will have to work hard to be more over-the-top than West, who placed 6th in the 11th season of Ru Paul’s Drag Race where she won the Miss Congeniality title. She also co-hosted the main stage at the recent Pride in the CLE on Public Square.
A panel of judges will rate the contestants on costuming, their runway lip synch performances, and the wit and incisiveness with which they answer questions posed by West. The winning King and Queen and the runners-up will get to perform at the this year’s Akron Pride Sat 8/24 in Hardesty Park.
Tickets are $20; VIP meet and greet tickets are $45. Money raised by the event support the Akron Pride Festival, one of the state’s younger festivals, only in its third year.