Meet your newly-crowned Miss Atlanta Pride

The Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant returned after nearly a decade’s absence on Sunday at Midtown Tavern to crown a new queen.

Contestants were judged in three categories: Pride presentation, talent and evening gown.

Sheena Cassadine (top photo) took the crown by night’s end, and for that she received a queen’s ransom. Cassadine won $500 cash, a spot in the Atlanta Pride parade, a photo shoot with local photographer Just Toby, a gift certificate for a wig by Jonathan Nieves, a spot in the Shooting Stars Cabaret in Piedmont Park during Atlanta Pride, and a cast slot in pageant host Celeste Holmes’ drag show at Midtown Tavern right after the win.

Holmes told Project Q Atlanta before the pageant that she was excited for the event to be back.

“To have a Miss Atlanta Pride Pageant and have someone represent Atlanta Pride all year long at events is going to add to the cache of what Atlanta Pride is and will expand the audience even further,” she said.

All proceeds from the event (minus the cash prize) benefited Atlanta Pride.

Photos by Laura Baccus Photography