Featured Festival Entertainers
Thea AustinThea Austin is a multi-platinum American female dance/house singer/songwriter/composer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has had numerous chart hits around the world including over 10 in the Billboard Top 100 Pop and Dance Charts, topped off by the global smash "Rhythm Is A Dancer," which she co-wrote and sang for Snap! She tours constantly and outside of music has been a staunch global advocate for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and cure as well as global women's health issues. Austin joined Pusaka and wrote and sung lead vocals for their 2001 hit "You're the Worst Thing for Me", which was awarded the Best Underground 12" Award at Miami's Winter Music Conference in March 2002. Other hits include "Colour of Love", Can't Get Enough" and "Do It To Me Again".
Asia O'HaraAsia O'Hara is an American drag queen and costume designer. She is most well known for competing on the tenth season of RuPaul's Drag Race, in which she placed fourth. As a professional entertainer, she has won several national titles in drag pageantry systems, including Miss Gay America in 2016. O'Hara grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas. She moved to Dallas when she was 14, and in high school performed in band, color guard, and theater. Her drag career began in the early 2000s, when she entered and won an amateur contest at the Rose Room in Dallas. The name Asia was taken from a close family member of hers, and the name O'Hara was given to her by her drag mother, Josephine O'Hara. Her drag grandmother is Texas pageant legend Sweet Savage. O'Hara owns her own costume design company, Helen of Seven, in which she creates custom design pieces for clients including dance teams, color guards, ice skaters, and other female impersonators.
The Rose Room CastThe Rose Room Cast - Asia O'Hara, Layla LaRue, Cassie Nova, Krystal Summers, Kelexis Davenport and Valerie Lore. The Rose Room is the Southwest's premiere show bar for gender illusion. It hosts multiple drag shows in one of the drag largest venues in the country - Station 4. The drag stage features a digital background, special effects and some of the top female impersonators in the country. Located in Dallas, Texas - The Rose Room Theatre and Lounge are located upstairs at Station 4.
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Effie PasseroEffie Passero from Modesto, California may have ended her "American Idol" journey during the shows run, but her musical journey continues. She was not selected to move on to the Top 14 and voting rounds of the ABC reality competition, even though she received on-air praise and applause from the celebrity judges. The 26-year-old Modesto native called the whole experience "humbling and validating and just totally great". She added "As soon as it was over I was ready to work. I was ready to use this platform and keep this momentum going". Effie has never been busier in life — networking, working on an album, meeting really, really incredible alumni from the early seasons (of 'American Idol'). Effie recently conducted an unofficial AMA on the website Reddit and, shall we say, she did not hold back. The big voiced singer, who performed a memorable duet with the country singer Cam on the All-Star Duets episode does not regret her experience.
Deanne (DJ)After over a decade of pleasing enthusiastic clubbers, Deanne is more passionate than ever about bringing the party to life and her music to the masses. With influences such as Peter Rauhofer, Ralphi Rosario, Robbie Rivera, Mark Knight, Erick Morillo and Chus & Ceballos, Deanne’s style is defined by the spirit and energy of house music. Her continual evolution of sound provides infectious rhythms to intimate, sexy spaces or big, booming rooms and expansive stages through her signature combinations of big beats, strong synths, dramatic arrangements and a soulful sprinkling of vocals. Tribal, Tech, and Progressive house beats and rhythms are combined to take her listeners on a unique journey that is marked with emotion, sensuality, undeniable energy, and a palpable “dance floor drama”.
David HernandezDavid Hernandez is an American singer and the twelfth place finalist of FOX's seventh season of the television series American Idol. He moved to Los Angeles, California to pursue his music career after his time on American Idol. Hernandez was born in Phoenix, Arizona, but grew up mostly in Glendale. He began singing at age six. His grandfather took him to his first audition for a local theater company, Valley Youth Theater. David was chosen for one of the lead roles, and decided on a career singing and performing. He was a young gymnast and won medals in the Grand Canyon Olympics. Hernandez had some acting experiences and was in an independent film before American Idol. When asked to list his top pop artists, he cites; Alicia Keys, Stevie Wonder, Peabo Bryson. Hernandez auditioned for American Idol season 7 singing "Ain't Too Proud to Beg". In the Hollywood round, he sang "Love the One You're With".
2018 Voice of Pride WinnersAlso featured in our Festival Entertainment will be the Winners from this years Coors Light Voice of Pride contest. The finals will be held on Sunday, August 19 at 7:00 pm in The Rose Room.
Community Stage Entertainers
Dallas Pride is proud to announce our Honorary Grand Marshals for Pride will be Adam Bouska and Jeff Parshley of the NoH8 campaign.
Award-winning Celebrity & Fashion Photographer Adam Bouska is known for his unique style, currently operating his photography studio in Los Angeles, California. Perhaps most recognizable for his signature NOH8 Campaign portraits, Adam is no stranger to activism. Bouska teamed up with partner Jeff Parshley to develop a calendar to benefit AIDS Project Los Angeles in 2008, and Adam paired with Found Animals for 6 Packs / 9 Lives, an edgy calendar project promoting cat adoption. Recent work includes a national ad campaign featuring Nia Vardalos for HelpUsAdopt.org. - read more -
2018 PRIDE GUIDE - YOUR GUIDE TO EVERYTHING PRIDE WEEKEND
Celebrate the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and Miller Lite Music Festival in The Park presented by T-Mobile with this great publication highlighting all that is Dallas Pride. Pick up your copy with The Dallas Voice. A digital download version of the 2018 Pride Guide will also be available for download.