Performances will take place on South Green/Union Green at the End of Main Street at the conclusion of the Parade.
3:00PM-3:30PM ~ Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus
3:30PM-4:30PM ~ Opening Word, Mayor Speech, Guest Speeches, Grand Marshall Speeches
4:30PM-5:00PM ~ Imperial Sovereign Court, elevator speech and performances
5:00PM-5:30PM ~ Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
5:30PM-5:45PM ~ DJ Tita
5:45PM-7:00PM ~ Middletown Pride Drag Show (Leslie Avery, Rory Roux Heart, Mia Elizabeth Z’Lay, October May Lay, Giganta Smalls, Scarlette Bleu, Tiana Maxim Rose, Madison Sapphire Duchannes)
Master of Ceremonies
Middletown Pride is thrilled to announce that the Master of Ceremonies for Middletown Pride is Illeana Douglas, Emmy nominated actress, writer, director, author, and Turner Classic Movies host. At home behind the camera and in front, she will be seen in the third season of Goliath on Amazon Video as Rita—a Keno addicted bar fly that befriends Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton)
lleana has many local connections to Middletown and the LGBTQ+ community. In Illeana’s book, I Blame Dennis Hopper she recalls fond memories of seeing movies at The Middletown Drive-In, The Palace, and The Capital. It was there that she nurtured a dream of one day being in the movies. After living in Deep River, Connecticut. Illeana moved to Hartford as a teenager to pursue a career in acting. She became a member of the Hartford Stage Company Youth Theatre, and performed in many local theatre groups including Hartford’s Mark Twain Masquers, and Avon Music Makers.
Madison Sapphire Duchannes
DJ Lady Tita
DJ Baby Frost
pop up DJ
Musiq Factory with DNA and Mx. Chalk
pop up DJS
Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut
The Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut (ISCofAllCT) is a state-wide 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is focused on raising money for LGBTQ+ and LGBTQ-inclusive nonprofit organizations throughout Connecticut. Over the past 20 years the ISCofAllCT has given away more than $250,000 to more than 20 nonprofit agencies including those that support youth, HIV/AIDS service facilities and organizations, LGBTQ+ community centers, and healthcare organizations. During the 2019-20 fundraising year the ISCofAllCT has chosen to focuse on raising funds for The Fisher House, an organization serving veterans and their families, and to establish the Imperial Sovereign Court of All Connecticut Memorial Scholarship Fund.
The ISCofAllCT is a member of the larger International Court System that has nearly 80 chapters around the US, Mexico and Canada. More information can be found about the ISCofAllCT at facebook.com/ctimperialcourt or ctimperialcourt.org.
The Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus
For over 30 years, the Connecticut Gay Men’s Chorus has served as a standard bearer for a powerful and accomplished mix of high-caliber performance, community activism, empowerment and inclusiveness, establishing it as an icon among Connecticut’s LGBT organizations. Founded in 1986, it was the first organization of its kind in the state and has been a proud member of the LGBT choral movement, which helped galvanize and change the course of LGBT history. It continues to rally and inspire other arts-based community organizations around New England. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Greg McMahan, the CTGMC has in recent seasons established a heightened level of performance standards receiving audience and critical acclaim, increased its profile, and broadened its impact and reputation in the community while maintaining its signature blend of humor, personality and high-voltage performances.
The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus
The Hartford Gay Men’s Chorus is celebrating their seventh season. Founded in 2012,
the 60+ voice ensemble is celebrated for its musicianship, creative programming and
community outreach. Under the leadership of Interim Artistic Director, Justin Gazard and Executive Director, Robert Reader, the HGMC sings a wide range of music as a catalyst for enriching and educating both participants and audiences by demonstrating to individuals the many ways that beautiful music positively impacts our world.
The largest drag queen in captivity, Giganta Smalls is here to bring kitschy cartoon humor and body positivity to the masses. This large and in charge queen is a regular performer around Connecticut and is thrilled to be bringing Pride to Middletown! Keep up with her at www.gigantasmalls.com
October May Lay
Mz. October (November December) May Lay is a local drag performer shaking up the CT Drag scene. Our reigning Miss Chez Est. 2019, Mz. October (November December) May Lay is ready to SLAY at Middletown first Pride.
Mia Elizabeth Z’lay
Rory Roux Heart
Tiana Maxim (Rose)
When not out and about entertaining at night clubs, Pride festivals, and other celebrations; her charity work is as diverse as her drag career. In the early 1990’s she served on the Board of Directors of The Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian youth, and also served as their Counseling Director. From 1992-1996 Leslie was the Operations Manager of the Fantasia Fair Conference held each year in Provincetown, MA, and in 1997 became the Conference’s Executive Director. In recent years Leslie has been affiliated with The Cocktails At Eight Annual Event in Bristol, CT, among many others. Leslie has always lent her talent to worthwhile causes, and has been a featured performer at the Boston, Rhode Island and Connecticut ISC charity events and Coronations. Leslie holds a special place in her heart for Middletown, CT, as this was the location she chose when moving to Connecticut in 2003.
Leslie resides in Hartford with Robert, her husband of 2 years; partner for 17, along with several house plants and over 200 pairs of high heeled shoes.