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2018 Pride Festival Flash news

Drag Queen Alaska to be headliner


The 26th annual Pride Festival of Central PA presents Drag Queen Alaska as Headliner on Sat., July 28, Riverfront Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

The popular event is themed Courage - It's What It's About.

Raised in Erie, PA, Alaska is an internationally renowned American Drag performer, recording artist and crowned winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars season 2, as the 2018 Festival headliner at the 26th Pride Festival of Central PA.

She studied theater at the University of Pittsburgh and then moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in acting. Frustrated with the auditioning process, Alaska turned to drag; performing in clubs and pride celebrations all over Southern California and went on to release, “Glamtron,” a mixtape of recordings.

Alaska returned to Pittsburgh and working with Sharon Needles and Cherri Baum, formed the band ‘Haus of Haunt” which evolved into a drag troupe, helping to launch the career of fellow drag queen and recording artist Christeene Vale.

In 2013, Alaska competed on the 5th season of RuPaul’s Drag Race and shared runner up status with fellow contestant, Roxxxy Andrews.

In 2016, Alaska was crowned the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 2. Since obtaining world- wide notoriety from appearing in the Drag Race shows, Alaska has toured and performed all over the world appearing in RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons shows, the Drag Stars at Sea cruises, custom one-woman shows, cabarets and holiday shows.

Billboard Magazine listed Alaska as the 7th most-active drag queen on social media in August 2015.

Alaska has released a string of singles, "Ru Girl", "Your Makeup Is Terrible", and " This is My Hair" and two albums, “Anus” in 2015 and “Poundcake” in 2016. This will be Alaska’s first time performing at the Pride Festival of Central PA.

Also at Pride

Other scheduled first time performers at the 2018 festival include:

Singer Songwriter and Central PA native Suzi Brown

Bumbada!, a women’s drumming troupe from southern Pennsylvania.

Pop Singer, Jaremi Caray, better known as drag queen, Phi Phi O’Hara.

New Jersey native and multi-instrumentalist, Dani Fiore.

Free Reign, a local all women four-piece rock and blues band and transgender rock and country artist Brody Ray.

Pride Festival of Central PA is a project of The Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Central Voice is a festival sponsor.