Columbus rocks Pride kickoff at Wall St.

Friday, June 19, Wall St. kicked off Pride weekend in Columbus with a drag extravaganza that was not to be missed. The show was themed Pride revival, and took after the stylings of a typical church revival, except with a few twists (Gay people, drag kings and queens – you know, just minor differences). 

A church-style choir kicked off the show, complete with robes adorned with rainbow accessories. The Royal Renegades, the resident drag troupe, did several numbers centered around the theme like “Only The Good Die Young” and “What If God Was One Of Us?”

Viva! Valezz and the Velvet Hearts tantalized the crowd with their vintage World War II, pinup-style burlesque performance. Later Viva! performed solo and wowed onlookers by spinning her tassel pasties – without any hands.

Cincinnati’s very own Black Mondays were special guests and performed a few classics as well as the new number “The Devil Went Down To Georgia.”

The Royal Renegades brought down the house with their closing number of “Poker Face,” that centered around an Alice In Wonderland theme with their emcee for the evening playing the evil Queen of Hearts.

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Alexis Stevens leads the Holy Royal Renegades choir at Wall St.

Alexis Stevens leads the Holy Royal Renegades choir at Wall St.

The Royal Renegades preach to the choir.

The Royal Renegades preach to the choir.

Viva Valezz! and the Velvet Hearts showcase their burlesque talents for Columbus.

Viva! Valezz and the Velvet Hearts showcase their burlesque talents for Columbus.

Angels appear above the stage, taunting the performers of the Royal Renegades.

Angels appear above the stage, taunting the performers of the Royal Renegades.

Angels set the lamb free in front of the packed house at Wall St.

In keeping with the theme, drag angels set the lamb free in front of the packed house at Wall St.

The Rev. Roy Rogers and Alexis Stevens perform at the pre-Pride celebration in Columbus.

The Rev. Roy Rogers and Alexis Stevens perform at the pre-Pride celebration in Columbus.

Viva Valezz! teases bargoers as she undresses during her burlesque routine.

Viva Valezz! teases bargoers as she undresses during her burlesque routine.

Members of the Black Mondays translate Marilyn Manson into drag.

Members of the Black Mondays translate Marilyn Manson into drag.

Members of the Royal Renegades reinact the "Cellblock Tango" from Chicago.

Members of the Royal Renegades reinact the "Cellblock Tango" from Chicago.

A drag performer impresses everyone with their ability to walk in stilts.

A drag performer impresses everyone with their ability to walk on stilts.

The Black Mondays unveil a new production, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

The Black Mondays unveil a new production, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia."

The Royal Renegades finish the night with a fanciful version of "Poker Face."

The Royal Renegades finish the night with a fanciful version of "Poker Face."

Caution: This video is rated PG-13. It is not work appropriate.
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