Already known as one of the popular new nightlife spaces at Ocean Casino Resort, Nola’s Bar & Lounge hosted a dazzling Ocean Pride Drag Showcase this past Saturday, all in support of Garden State Equality, which is New Jersey’s largest LGBTQ non-profit organization. With performers from Philadelphia, New York City, and the Garden State itself, the girls (and famed DJ Mike Cruz) put on a spectacular show for the sold-out afternoon crowd at Nola’s. 

Kicked off by local hostess with the mostess Veronika Blair, the show kicked off with Stefanie Steel giving putting on a sultry performance, followed up by the larger than life Lola Ceilings putting a unique spin on an Alanis Morrissette classic. Miss Paradise 2022 Crystal Envy made her premiere on the Ocean Casino Resort stage with a glittering and showstopping mix, while Ocean (and East Coast) favorite Jolina Jasmine returned and gave the crowd the exact kind of performance she has been known to provide at each of her Ocean Pride appearances. Miss Gay America 2020/2021 Pattaya Hart gave the roaring crowd a Britney Spears mix, complete in ring-mistress garb (an homage to Britney’s “Circus) and burgeoning New York City queen Elle Rose channeled her own inner pop ingenue on-stage. 

One of the most amazing performances of the evening came courtesy of Crystal Envy and Stefanie Steel, who performed the sultry Rihanna & Britney Spears duet “S&M, complete with a jumping split off of the Nola’s stage! Ocean Pride also got to pay homage to one of their biggest supporters, Good Morning Philadelphia’s co-host, Alex Holley. Jolina Jasmine led the crowd in a rousing birthday cheer to one of Philadelphia’s most well-known faces and Ocean Pride’s favorite supporters. DJ Mike Cruz (“Movin’ Up”) used his well-known wizardry behind the decks to keep the crowd engaged and the party moving throughout the afternoon’s festivities.

Garden State Equality Community Organizer Kadja Manuel also spoke to the crowd, thanking Ocean Casino Resort for consistently being a supportive and consistent Garden State Equality partner. Additionally, Ocean Casino Resort provided $5000 to Garden State Equality to continue their extensive educational and advocacy work with LGBTQ communities, both in the Garden State and nationally.

All Photos Courtesy-Ocean Casino Resort

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