October 28, 2023 at 9pm
As part of Discover Albany’s All-Hallow E’en Festival we’re excited to host the first ever multi-
year Halloween House Ball! This house ball draws inspiration from 1980s Ballroom culture
where predominantly African American and Latin American LGB TGNC youth participated in
competitive dance, lip-syncing, and runway walks.
This event will feature two contests!
First, a traditional house ball where all members of the community can compete in categories for cash prizes.
Learn more about each category below and come prepared to work the runway!
The second contest is a pageant where participants will compete to be crowned In Our Own
Voices’ Albany Ambassador and “Halloween Queen” of the night. The winner of this pageant will
receive a one-year paid ambassadorship with IOOV and serve as a spokesperson and advocate
for health and wellness in LGBTQIA+ BIPOC communities across the Capital Region.
The Halloween House Ball is a free, 18+ event open to all, but #pageant participants must:
⬩Reside in the city of Albany
⬩Be willing and able to make a one year commitment to IOOV
⬩Be willing and able to attend and/or develop events
⬩Be willing and able to serve as an ambassador who will discuss the importance of healthy sexuality,
knowing your HIV/HCV status, body positivity, etc.
Learn more about IOOV’s Albany Ambassador Pageant categories below:
Friends and family, we can’t wait to see you on the runway! For more information call (518) 432-4188.