Bounce royalty Big Freedia will headline a free Pride Prom for LGBT teens and young adults at Hyatt Regency’s Celestin Ballroom May 11. The prom, organizer Marc Behar says, is designed as a safe, fun and alcohol-free party for LGBT youth ages 15-21. Such events can help resolve issues such as restrictive dress codes or not being able to bring a date of one’s preferred gender to a high school prom. Teens from both public and private area schools are encouraged to attend. This prom is the first major event of its kind held in several years in the New Orleans area. In addition to performances by Big Freedia and DJ Brice Nice, it includes a prom royalty “Strut-Off,” in which teens walk the catwalk for a juried costume contest to win non-gender-specific crowns. There also are complimentary professional prom photos and free food and drinks. While adults over age 21 may not attend the event, chaperones from sponsoring groups HyPride, Jewish Pride NOLA, PFLAG New Orleans and CrescentCare plus Hyatt security staff will provide supervision.The prom takes place from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, May 11. There’s no charge to attend, but participants should register online.
Designated attire is “whatever makes you feel fabulous.”