Jay Cardin IV (right) and Ellie Monae (left), respectively Mr & Miss Boston Pride 2015

Jay Cardin IV (right) and Ellie Monae (left), respectively Mr & Miss Boston Pride 2015

Congratulations to Jay Cardin IV and Ellie Monae, who were crowned our 2015 Mr. and Miss Boston Pride Pageant winners.

The 2015 beauty king and queen were chosen in front of nearly 100 people who packed Club Café in Boston’s Back Bay on May 16th. Mr. Cardin and Miss Monae outshined a variety of worthy participants with their beauty and pride and impressed a lineup of celebrity judges including Miss Boston 2015 Sabrina Ponte, Miss Cambridge 2015 Samantha Hawkins, Imperial Crown Princess of Connecticut 2015 Lucia Virginity, Mr. Connecticut Leather 2014 Omar Boots and The A-List: New York television star TJ Kelly.

The two pageant winners will be riding in the 45th annual Boston Pride Parade in an automobile donated by FIAT, a premier sponsor of Boston Pride. They will also be making appearances at Pride Week festivities including the Flag Raising, Pride Day @ Faneuil Hall, the Boston Pride Festival, the JP Block Party and the Rhode Island Pride parade!

In addition to the beauty contest, the Boston Pride pageant show included performances by King of Boston Pride 2011 Matt Leonard, King of Boston Pride 2012 Fer Cardin, Alone at the Opera and Rolla.

This year’s pageant was sponsored by Walmart and Midori, and was hosted by fabulous drag queen Nikita Le Femme, and the 2009 King of Boston Pride, Rocky Graziano. Funds raised at the event will benefit the programs of Boston Pride.