Pride Pageant Rules & Regulations

This document outlines the specific rules, regulations, eligibility and other criteria governing the Capital Pride Pageant, its contestants and other participants, and the Capital Pride Titleholders. The following sections of this document may be amended at any time for any reason by Capital Pride.

  1. CONTESTANT ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Contestants must meet the following criteria in order to participate in the 2021 Capital Pride pageant:

  • Contestants must be at least 19 years of age.
  • Contestants must reside within a 100-mile radius of the National Capital Region.
  • Contestants must not be a current or former Capital Pride titleholder.
  • Any amount of eligible contestants may submit an application however only successful contestants will move forward to final Pageant production. 
  1. PAGEANT RULES & REGULATIONS

The following rules and regulations will apply for the 2021 Capital Pride pageant:

Judging:

  • The Capital Pride Pageant will have up to three winners, who will equally reign as the Capital Pride Royal Court. These titleholders will hold the titles of Mr., Ms., or Mx. and will select their preferred title via their application.
  • In the event that no contestants submit an application for a given title, that title will not be given out. Only one winner per title will be selected.
  • Capital Pride has final approval in selecting judges.
  • Winners will be selected based on a cumulative scoring system. In the event of a tie, the winner will be selected by an on-stage question to be selected by the judging panel.

Categories: 

All contestants will be judged in the following categories:

Interview:

Each contestant will be required to participate in off-stage interviews / confessionals and respond to On-Stage Questions in a “Meet The Contestants” segment.

Fashion: 

Each contestant will be required to present 3 Runway looks catered to a specific theme. 

Talent:

  • Any type of talent is acceptable, except those that are illegal, or which may cause personal injury to the audience or any other person.
  • Talent will be limited to five (5) minutes.
  • All music for the talent category must be submitted via the registration form or by email to [email protected].  This is to be compeletd by Friday, June 25th.
  • All participants must also bring a hard copy of their music on a flash drive to the performance itself.
  • Each contestant will be allowed only two (2) dancers due to COVID-19 and staging restrictions.
  • The top 3 finalists for each category will compete in a Lip Sync for the Crown. All contestants are required to learn the pre-selected song and prepare a final Lip Sync performance. 
  • The Capital Pride Pageant is gender inclusive and is open to anyone who wishes to compete under their definition of the art of drag.
  • Each contestant will be allowed one (1) dresser. The contestant’s dresser will be allowed to enter the hosting establishment free of charge.
  • All contestants are required to arrive at the Pageant on time and ready for their first category. Contestants are required to remain at the venue until filming is completed.
  • Contestants are required to conduct themselves in a professional manner at all times. Prohibited behaviour is grounds for immediate disqualification and expulsion from the hosting establishment. Prohibited behaviour includes but is not limited to:
  • The use of any illegal substances
  • Overconsumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Underage consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Violent or threatening language or behaviour
  • Discriminatory words, statements, actions or other behaviour which violate the mission, vision and values of Capital Pride (see appendix).
  • Theft of, or intentional damage or destruction to real and personal property
  • The use of any illegal substances
  • Overconsumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Underage consumption of alcoholic beverages
  • Violent or threatening language or behaviour
  • Discriminatory words, statements, actions or other behaviour which violate the mission, vision and values of Capital Pride (see appendix).
  • Theft of, or intentional damage or destruction to real and personal property
  • TITLEHOLDER OBLIGATIONS & RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • The winners (hereafter, “Titleholder”) of the pageant will assume the title of Mr., Ms., or Mx. Capital Pride for the 2021-2022 season. Titleholder is obligated to and agrees to the following:
  • Appear at up to three (3) events chosen by Capital Pride.
  • Serve as a Team Coordinator for the 2022 Capital Pride Festival and Parade Planning Committee.
  • Perform on the Capital Pride Festival Main Stage as a reigning titleholder.
  • Attend a Meet & Greet in the Capital Pride Festival VIP Lounge.
  • Participate as a reigning title holder in the Capital Pride Parade.
  • Titleholder also understands that their title is purely honorary and carries with it no inherent rights, privileges, or responsibilities beyond the specific responsibilities outlined in Section D of this document and that Titleholder cannot independently act on behalf of or make official representations for Capital Pride.
  1. CAPITAL PRIDE REMEDIES

In the event Titleholder is unwilling or unable to fulfill their obligations and responsibilities outlined above, or if the Titleholder defaults on any of the provisions included in this contestant agreement, Capital Pride retains the right at its absolute and sole discretion to any or more of the following:

  • Revoke or rescind the title from the Titleholder.
  • Refuse bookings and appearances of any official nature to the Titleholder.
  • Refuse entry into any future pageants or Capital Pride events.
  • Other remedies not listed above. 
  1. HOLD HARMLESS

Contestant/Titleholder agrees to indemnify Capital Pride, Inc., its officers, directors and employees, volunteers or other agents, and hold them harmless with respect to any defense that they shall be required to make in connection with any claim or action arising out of Contestant’s/Titleholders involvement/participation with the pageant, parade or festival, including the payment of reasonable attorney’s fees.

Please note that any breach in these regulations could result in disqualification from the Pageant.

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