Prizm News / June 22, 2018 / By Bob Vitale
Photos from 2017 Cincinnati Pride courtesy of Cincinnati Pride


Superfruit, Cazwell, Ginger Minj and Derek Delequa headline 45th Cincinnati Pride on Saturday.


By Bob Vitale

The torch—plus the rainbow balloons and the glitter—has been passed to Cincinnati, where a month of Pride events culminates Saturday with an 11 a.m. parade through Downtown and an all-day festival on the riverfront. 

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The 45th Cincinnati Pride celebration will honor children from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center’s Transgender Health Clinic as grand marshals of the morning parade, which starts at 7th Street and Central Avenue and ends at the festival site on the Ohio River at Sawyer Point. 

There are two other grand marshals as well: James Lee, a Northern Kentucky resident who is this year’s International Mr. Leather, and Del Shores, who wrote the movie, “Sordid Lives.” 


Headline entertainers for the Pride festival include Superfruit, the musical and comedy duo of Mitch Grassi and Scott Hoying of Pentatonix. They’ll perform at 8 p.m. on the Main Stage. 

Other Main Stage headliners include gay rapper Cazwell (6:30 p.m.), local drag legend Penny Tration (7 p.m.), transgender singer-songwriter Kim Petras (7:15 p.m.), and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 7 finalist Ginger Minj (7:45 p.m.). 

Entertainer Derek Delequa, representing Gender Unlimited, will perform at 5:30 p.m. 

After a multiyear absence, Cincinnati Black Pride has returned this year with events showcasing the history, challenges and talent of the city’s black LGBTQ community. 

On Saturday at 7 p.m., an event called The Front Porch will showcase “creative expression for all kinds of people by all kinds of people.” Performers include acoustic soul sensation Ken J. Martin of Atlanta, spoken-word phenom Seek The Poet of Houston, composer and vocalist Pia Renee of Chicago, and DJ Kaotic of Cincinnati.  

“The people who come to the Front Porch are likely the people who’d hang out with me on my actual porch had I a house big enough to hold everyone,” says artistic director and host Tim’m West, who returned to his native Cincinnati in 2017. 

The event takes place at the University of Cincinnati’s African American Cultural and Resource Center, 60 W. Charlton St., Cincinnati, 45221. 

There’s also a Cincinnati Black Pride party Saturday night at 10 p.m. at Jack Cincinnati Casino, 1000 Broadway St., Cincinnati, 45202. 

Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.