The room was electric with excitement as the 2022 Miss Palm Beach Pride Pageant began at the Lake Worth Playhouse in Lake Worth Beach. 

Fans of the art of female impersonation, more commonly known as drag, filled up the theater eagerly awaiting to see who would be crowned Miss Palm Beach Pride 2022.

An evening of fun, laughs, and glamor followed, culminating in the crowning of Crystal Famouz, a relative newcomer to the area who is eager to make her mark.

An Elegant Night of Expression and Fun

Velvet Lenore, a local drag entertainer, started the Miss Palm Beach Pride Pageant in collaboration with Compass Community Center in 2016.  
 
“It was a dream of mine,” Lenore said. “I wanted to bring something special back to palm beach that would bring the community together…”

Lenore said she wanted to bring back the storied history of Drag Pageants in Palm Beach County after much of the events moved to other areas or closed for good. She’s especially proud of the impact that the show has had on the local drag circuit and the LGBT community overall.

The night was hosted by Lenore and the first Lady of the Palm Beaches, Melissa St. John. The dynamic duo brightened up the stage with gorgeous sequined dresses and eclectic style.

They were supported by an equally as unique and expressive cast of past Miss Palm Beach Pride title holders, including Rianna Petrone, Kataleya Davenport, Tayanna Love, and Taquoya Dupree. A special guest performance by Mr. Gay International William Lepaige awed the audience with energy and elegance.

Three contestants competed for the title this year in three officially scored rounds: Presentation, Evening Gown, and Question & Answer. Each contestant represented a powerful component of the local LGBT community, from trans activism to cultural representation.

Each contestant performed so well that the final choice seemed to be difficult for the panel of esteemed judges. The judging panel ranged from local community drag sensation Big Mamma, aka Shjannon Atkins, or long-time stylist and drag performer Justin Lynch. The panel of judges was just as storied and diverse as the participants.

During the presentation, each participant designed a look to represent a different component of the Pride flag. During their presentation, they explained the importance of the component they chose. Each contestant awed the crowd and plucked at the heartstrings and passions of the community. Expression of love and support for the trans community and minority communities were evident in every performance.

LGBT Community Thrives in the Miss Palm Beach Pride Pageant

The Compass Community Center is Palm Beach County’s only LGBT community center, located in the city of Lake Worth Beach. Compass partners with many events and Organizations to encourage a vibrant LGBT community in Palm Beach County.

“Being crowned Miss Palm Beach Pride is an honor and the winner will experience a year of growth through service and appearances at fundraisers and community events,” Compass’ Chief Development Officer Julia Murphy said in a press release. “The title provides our local drag queens the opportunity to build a platform that can make a big difference to their career and have an impact in the community.”

An exhausted Murphy was still energetic and enthusiastic at the conclusion of the show. Murphy is the person responsible for many of Compass’ community events, including Palm Beach Pride, taking place the weekend of March 26 and 27; the Stonewall Ball; the White Party; Cocktails for Compass; Pride business Alliance Socials and others. She’s always finding ways to support the local community and can be found at many LGBT-related activities.

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