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YOU WILL DO BETTER IN DRAG This year’s festivities begin on Friday, August 16 at Promenade Park, with “You Will Do Better in Drag” beginning at 6 pm. The Friday gathering, a Pride kick-off gala, is hosted by area radio personalities Eric Chase and Floyd Anderson, or rather Anderson’s alter-ego, Deja D. Dellataro. “It is literally just a huge Pride kickoff party with local ‘illusionists’— that means drag queens, drag kings, we may even have some male performers, some female performers,” Anderson said. “It’s just a local event where performers from Northwest Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community perform a show at Promenade Park.”
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the venue that night. So we understood, “we need to go to a bigger venue.’” “You Will Do Better in Drag” has since evolved into a major fundraiser, with all donations going to Northwest Ohio Community Shares, which supports over 20 area nonprofit groups. “Inside the LGBT community, NWO Community Shares supports both Harvey House and Equality Toledo,” said Hayman-Staples. “They also support the Collingwood Arts Center and various other agencies that are doing amazing things in our community.
Anderson has been the host since the show first began, under the name “Kiss ‘n Drag”, five years ago. The gala weekend kickoff performance was the brainchild of then-92.5 personality Phillipe Taylor. “Our first show was at Bretz nightclub, which has since closed,” Anderson said. “It was one of those things where we thought, ‘Oh, this sounds like a great idea! No one will really come out.’ And then the crowd was at capacity for
Floyd Anderson aka Deja D. Dellataro will co-host the “You Will Do Better in Drag” event on Friday, August 16 at Promenade Park. PHOTO COURTESY: FLOYD ANDERSON.
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