2021 CU Pride Fest Party

Featuring Carnivale Debauche and Defy Gravity

Doors 7:00 p.m.
Burlesque Show 8:00 p.m.
DJ Dance Party 10 p.m.-12 a.m.

18+ to enter // $20 tickets



This is a Vaccine-Only event and all attendees will need to show proof of vaccination to enter the event. No refunds will be given to those who cannot produce vaccine proof.

Show Up and Show Out with Uniting Pride, Pygmalion, Carnival Debauche, and Defy Gravity. Show your PRIDE! Show your TRUE SELF! Show your LOVE! Show yourself a GOOD TIME! And show your VAX CARD! We’re gonna kick off the weekend of the CU Pride Fest in style with an incredible burlesque show, some dance-tastic DJed tunes, delicious libations courtesy of our host venue: NOLA’s Rock Bar, and all the Pride we’ve got in our hearts to share with the world! Get your tix fast because this will definitely SELL OUT!

Our Performers:

Carnivale Debauche has been performing on stages throughout Champaign-Urbana since 2010 with their unique blend of burlesque and vaudeville acts. They are proud to have performed at nearly every CU Pride Festival since 2010 and are thrilled to be back again supporting Uniting Pride. Your Carnivale favs Jeto Gingersnaps, Drusilla Delacroix, Lady Ly, Neonium, Mx Tisabit Isnt’tit, Maddog, Magic Miss Elle, Bettie Leigh will be gracing the Pride stage with Carnie Barker Steve as Emcee. Audiences can expect to be delighted by hoop and leviwand performances, classic and neo burlesque performances, and perhaps even a bit of fire to spice up the night. They will be sharing the stage with pole fitness instructors from their sister organization, Defy Gravity, for some breathtaking pole performances. You can visit these strange and sexy creatures of the night at and @CDBurlyQ on Twitter and Instagram.

Since 2015, Defy Gravity™ has served as Champaign-Urbana’s premier pole fitness and aerial arts studio. Gain strength, confidence, and a positive body image while interacting with the diverse and supportive Defy Gravity™ community. They’ll cheer you on as you meet your goals and have fun. They offer group classes, private classes, and private lessons in pole fitness, aerial arts, dance-fusion and flexibility.  They’re also a great place to celebrate special events with private party offerings in pole fitness and aerial arts.  Defy Gravity™ is located in Lincoln Square Mall and you can try your first group class for $10! To see class offerings, schedule and to sign up, please visit