The first annual Miss
Allstates Midatlantic pageant, held on Saturday,
April 24, 2004, in the Grand Ballroom of the William Way LGBT
Community Center in Philadelphia, was a
resounding success. Over 100 people attended and there were stage managers,
lighting and sound crew, videographers, vendors, and other assorted
personnel ensuring that the entire production was top-notch.
The countless, sleepless
nights of concentrated planning and execution on my part all
paid off in the end as each contestant was greeted with thunderous
applause. I took a moment to smile to myself, knowing that what
was transpiring that night was bigger than I had imagined...
the introduction of a new major pageantry system in the Philadelphia
area. Never before has a female impersonation pageant been so
successful in its first year. The success of
this pageant, or any large gala affair, lies in the efforts of
all of the hard-working people who helped make the production
possible and the support from people who become its audience.
I gave an impromptu, heartfelt speech just before intermission
congratulating everyone who made this pageant possible and successful.
The response was wonderful.
Photos from the evening
gown segment are shown below.