Thursday, July 19, 2018

OutHudson Awards Gala

Last night, OutHudson held its second annual awards gala at Helsinki Hudson, recognizing notable entries in this year's OutHudson Pride Parade. There were awards in seven pre-announced categories and also some special awards. The winners in the seven categories were:

Best in Theme (Superheroes): KS Fitness
Screen capture: Dan Udell Video

Most Kitschy-est: The Gossips of Rivertown
Photo: Beth Schneck Photography

Most MARVEL-ous: Camphill Hudson
Photo: Catherine Dodge Smith
RainBOWIE-est: Five and Diamond Rainbow Girls
Photo: JD Urban Photography

Most Villainous: Girlgantua
Photo: JD Urban Photography
Most Gender-bending: Lil Deb's Oasis
Photo: JD Urban Photography

Most OUT-rageous: Poke the Bear
Photo: JD Urban Photography

Lifetime Achievement awards were given to Carol Lavender and Peter Frank for their tireless work in organizing the Pride Parade in Hudson for the past nine years. A Judges' Choice award was given to Luci and Jes Cunningham and the whale.

Photo: Lance Wheeler for Columbia-Greene Media
A Participation Award was given to the Flag Day Committee. This year, in the spirit of unity, OutHudson Pride marchers had a contingent in the Flag Day Parade on Saturday, June 9, and the Flag Day Committee marched in the Pride Parade the next Saturday, on June 16. 

Rich Volo, a.k.a. Trixie Starr, one of the three founders of OutHudson and the principal organizer the Pride Parade since 2010, was the emcee for the awards gala. Much to his surprise, he was the recipient of an award for being "Hudson's Hometown Homo Hero." The award was presented by Andrea Elliott, wearing a flared polka dot dress and the iconic Trixie Starr wig and sunglasses.

Photo: JD Urban Photography
There were two Honorable Mention awards. Talbot and Arding were honored for being "The Cheesiest."

Screen capture: Dan Udell Video

The Wigstockers contingent was declared "Best in Show."

Photo: JD Urban Photography

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