2021 Boise Pride Parade


Ensley Keith

Earlier this month, Boise hosted their annual Pride parade again after having to cancel their 2020 event due to COVID.

The three-day event was kicked off by a performance of Jan’s Jukebox at the Egyptian Theatre in Downtown Boise.

After a Broadway worthy performance from the season 12 and All Stars season six contestant and some local performers, an afterparty was hosted at the local gay bar The Balcony, starring season 10 and All Stars season 5 contestant Mayhem Miller, leading into the early
morning and giving the weekend an amazing start.

Friday the festivities started off at 6pm with a performance from the Boise based pop duo Read Light Challenge at the Albertson’s Main
stage at the festival grounds at Cecil B.

Andrus Park, right outside the Capitol Building. At 6:45, Circus Acts took the stage, wowing the audience with their variety and talent. 30 minutes later, at 7:15, we were introduced to the Corevette Dance Collective and their energetic dance routines. At 7:30 we were introduced to the stylings of Kaleena Zanders, most widely known for her song “Stronger Than I’ve Ever Been.”

An hour later we were amazed and astounded by the multi-talented Broadway star, Todrick Hall. His amazing performance led to the finale at 10pm of fireworks being set off in front of the capitol building.

Saturday was kicked off at 9:30 am at 10 Barrel Brewing with the Drag Brunch, which sold out in a record-breaking time this year. At 11,
the festival grounds were opened, and we were welcomed by the Boise Gay Men’s Chorus and Boise Women’s Chorus.

After the amazing vocalists, we were shown the amazing limits of the human body by the Starbelly Dancers at 12:15 until 1. For the next 15 minutes we were entertained by the FUSE Dance Collaboration, until 1:15 when the 9/11 tribute from 1:15-1:130.

After that sobering and heartfelt tribute, we were cheered up by the Boise Hometown Drag Spectacular to get us back in the festive mood.
After 3 hours of showing off the best of the best from Boise, we were introduced to arguably the best Drag Queen in the US, Trixie Mattel.
Trixie showed off her amazing vocal stylings whilst performing two classic reveals, ending with her in her amazing swimsuit. She then made the whole crowd laugh and scream in joy from her jokes and a faux reveal, leading into multiple songs from her many albums available on iTunes.

After a truly amazing performance by Trixie, we were introduced to the country stylings of Mary Lambert at 5:45. At 8pm at The Balcony, we were treated to an amazing visit from season two contestant and All Stars 6 winner, Kylie Sonique Love, just weeks after her much deserved win.

Kylie made Drag Race Herstory by becoming the first Trans winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. Sunday morning at 10 the Boise Pride Parade walked through Downtown Boise with floats from Albertsons, Alaska Airlines, The Balcony, and many more. Boise’s Mayor, Lauren McLean, Joined the Parade, showing her support for the LGBTQ+ community.

After the Parade, at 11, we were treated the original stylings of The Pearl Tones, and their three-part harmonies. At 11:30 we were treated to Drag Story Time, where local and visiting drag queens read children’s books to the audience.

This has become a popular event in libraries across the country, showing kids that it’s ok to explore their gender, sexuality, and self expression. At 12:45 we were introduced to the talented Summerwind Skippers, a competitive jump rope team based in the Boise area.

At 1:15, 17-year-old Joshua Emara took the stage to show off his “plancing,” playing the violin while dancing. Half an hour late, at 1:45, The Lezbe Kings took the stage to perform their numbers. Drag kings are like drag queens but instead of being a man/woman/other dressing as a woman, they’re women/men/ other dressing as men.

At 3, we were blessed with the vocal stylings of All Stars season 6 winner Kylie Sonique Love while wearing her finale runway look. She sang her original songs, found on iTunes, her rendition of Britney Spears’ Toxic and Lil Nas X’s Old Town Road.

At 3:15 Jakk Fynn, trans pop star, took the stage to perform his original pop songs for the crowd. To wrap up the festivities at the festival grounds, Welsh born, NYC based electronic pop musician Bright Light Bright Light took the stage to end the weekend with a bang.

Overall, the weekend was a smashing success, if a bit hot, and next year has a lot to live up too. For all those that were lucky enough to go, we thank you for following all the precautions set around the festivities and supporting such an amazing community.

To the people who spent months planning everything and making sure everyone was safe and had a good time, thank you for ensuring
that this event happened. For all the performers, thank you for sharing your many talents with all of us that attended and taking
the time out of your busy schedules to come to this festival in Idaho.

And finally, to all the volunteers that made everything go smoothly and safely, thank you for giving up your free time to make this such an enjoyable experience.