The weekend will kick off on Friday, June 6 at 6 p.m. with a silent art auction and wine and cheese reception at River Oaks Square Arts Center. At 7 p.m., Dr. Clayton Delery-Edwards, a professor at the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts in Natchitoches, will discuss his new book “The Upstairs Lounge: 32 Deaths in A New Orleans Gay Bar, June 27, 1973” followed by a book signing. Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door.
Activities on Saturday, June 7 will begin at 10 a.m. in Downtown Alexandria. Vendors selling food and arts and crafts will be set up in and near the Alexander Mini-park until 4 p.m. Live entertainment, such as Zydeco music, will be playing throughout the day in the Downtown Amphitheater. That evening, the first annual Mr. & Ms. Cenla Pride Pageant will be held at Club Masquerade, 3217 Industrial Street in Alexandria. The winning contestants will receive a crown, sash and a cash prize. An entry fee of $50 is required prior to the pageant and a fee of $75 will be required the night of the pageant.
The weekend will conclude on Sunday, June 8 with an inter-faith prayer service that will be held at 1 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church. Following the service, a closing reception will be held in the parish hall.
For information regarding the Mr. and Ms. Cenla Pride pageant, contact Eric Butrenchuk at 318-715-1979. All other inquiries can be sent to Robby Gray at 318-442-1010. Additional information will also become available on the CLASS Gay Men’s Wellness Facebook page: The GBT: A Wellness Center by CLASS.