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Columbians ring in Pride month with Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant

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Adrien Hart holds a microphone and money

Adrien Hart holds a microphone and money Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. Hart was the 2019 Mid-Missouri Pride King.

Amid Western decorations at Bur Oak Brewery, seven contestants lip-synced, danced and put their best foot forward in hopes to be crowned Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant royalty. 

The pageant was presented by Mid-Missouri PrideFest and featured performances from contestants, judges and host Amanda Lay. This was the organization's first Pride pageant since 2019.

After a night of performances, Lorilie was crowned queen, Bennifer Lopez was crowned regent and Ezra Prince was crowned king.

"Oh my god, I've missed this," 2019 Regent Jennicka Fierz said. 

Jackie Knoph poses during the pageant

Jackie Knoph poses Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. Knoph was named first alternate in the pageant.

The crowd cheers on contestants

Members of the crowd cheers on contestants at the Pride pageant Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. This was the first Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant since 2019.

Matty B walks on stage

Matty B walks on stage during the evening-wear portion of the pageant Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. There were five queens and two kings that participated in the 2021 Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

Bennifer Lopez holds up the Progress flag

left: Bennifer Lopez holds up the Progress flag Friday at Bur Oak Brewery. This flag was designed by Daniel Quasar in 2018 and features the original rainbow in addition to a triangle of colors representing people of color, transgender people, those living with HIV/AIDS and those who have been lost to the disease. Bottom: Bennifer Lopez is crowned Friday at Bur Oak Brewery. Lopez was crowned regent of the 2021 Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

Judges mark their scorecards

From left, Venus O’Hara, Delsie Bonaparte, Veronika Versace and Ivan Liqueur mark their scorecards Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. The panel of judges also performed during the pageant.

Bennifer Lopez is crowned

Bennifer Lopez is crowned Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. Lopez was crowned Regent of the 2021 Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

Lorilie reacts to hearing the results of the competition

Lorilie, left, reacts to hearing the results of the competition Friday at the Bur Oak Brewery in Columbia. Lorelie was crowned Queen of the 2021 Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant.

A crown sits on top of Ezra Prince's head

A crown sits on top of Ezra Prince’s head Friday during the Mid-Missouri Pride Pageant. Prince was crowned king of the pageant.

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