While it's only a week till the 2012 Miss America Pageant (apparently neither a gay porn scandal nor a move to Vegas can keep the glamour down), it's what's happening one week later at the drag'd up tribute/spoof Miss'd America Pagaent in Atlantic City that we really care about. With dates confirmed, the 4th Annual Out in AC weekend is set to take over Caesars Entertainment properties – Harrah's, Caesar's, Showboat, and Bally's – for two days and nights of gay play on the boardwalk (January 21–22).
Fans of previous years can rest assured all the classics will be back, including the "Pre Miss’d America Loft Party" and "Out of Control Brunch and Bingo" to round out the LGBT-tailored weekend. Carson Kressley is set to host with special guest star Martha Wash of The Weather Girls for the main event at Resorts Casino Hotel. It's all about diversity, pride, and of course, having a little fun. Bonus points if you hit a jackpot.
Read on for the full schedule below:
"Pre Miss’d America Loft Party" at Harrah’s Resort: Drag queens will host this free, open-to-the-public event, which features themed cocktails, nimble dancers, and club music. 2pm–6pm; 21+ only with valid ID.
"Miss’d America Pageant" at Boardwalk Hall: With Queens from Kentucky to NYC, expect some fierce sashays all in the name of charity (and bragging rights). Can they top the $30,000 raised last year? Join 2011's winner Kitty Hiccups to find out. Carson Kressley, star of Dancing with the Stars and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, returns as host with special guest star, Martha Wash of The Weather Girls. Scheduled to perform is American Idol's Erika Schiff and the Melanie Rice Orchestra. 8pm; $100 and $125 VIP Seating available; $65 & $35 general admission.
"Official After Party at Pro Bar" in the Resorts Hotel: AC's first gay nightclub on the boardwalk. Details TBA.
"Out of Control Brunch and Bingo" at Harrah’s Resort: Plied with delicious food and signature Bloody Mary's and mimosas, guests will also have the opportunity to register to win big at the outrageous Bingo event, hosted by the always acerbic (and hilarious) Bianca del Rio. 11am–3pm; $40.
Tickets for all events available for purchase at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. For great room rates and packages for the weekend, from $199, check www.OutinAC.com. For general travel info, check out our Atlantic City Travel Guide and use our Travel Search flight comparison tool for travel deals to get you there.