Palm Beach County Divas Gear up for Miss Palm Beach Pride Pageant

Via Facebook; Rianna Patrone, Miss Palm Beach

(Palm Beach) It’s time to crown a new queen in Palm Beach County. The Miss Palm Beach Pride Pageant takes place Feb. 4 at the Lake Worth Playhouse and will benefit Compass, the LGBT community center in Palm Beach County. 

“Miss Palm Beach Pride celebrates the progress made for the LGBTQ community in Palm Beach County,” said Julia Murphy, Chief Developing Officer of Compass. “Drag has a long and important place in the LGBTQ movement and a pageant is an important part of the drag profession.” 

That’s going to be a lot of sequins and feathers attendees will get to see in four hours.  

Participantsbattle it out in three categories, self-expression, formal wear, and the talent scene. The talent portion is when you get to understand the personalities of the contestants. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner.  

Velvet Lenoreand “First Lady of the Palm Beaches” Melissa St. John will emcee the event.  

"It gives me great pride to present those that dedicate so much time to our community. Although there is one person crowned – each one has made a difference, ” St. John said. "They are all equal in my mind. Since every contestant presents each category on an individual basis, they are all uniquely aiming for the same outcome. Break a leg girls!"  

Lenore and St. John will also perform. 

The night would not be complete if we did not witness the final walk of last year’s Miss Palm Beach Pride Queen – Rianna Petrone. She lit the stage up last year, so do not be surprised if you see another performance before she passes her crown. 

Along with the host, Compass has assembled some familiar faces as judges for the pageant. Guest judges includeDavid Zen, Chris Rhoades, Julio Poletti, Justin William Lynch, Penny Johnson, and Ron Amodio. 

The title of Miss Palm Beach Pride will mean more than just a sash and a crown. 

“The winners of our pageant will have a wonderful year of appearances, performances and service,” Murphy said. “As a representative of Compass and Miss Palm Beach Pride, the crown means more attention from the community, which translates into a chance to build a platform that can make a big difference.”

Tickets are $15/20. Doors open at 7 p.m. There will be a cash bar and lite bites served. Compass will receive a portion of the funds from the event. For more information visit