The event has been officially sanctioned by the State of Ohio and the City of Cleveland many times, most recently by Mayor Frank Jackson in an Aug. 4, 2016 Proclamation that states in part, "Whereas the 2016 Ohio Burlesque Festival is a proud supporter of The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Community Center of Greater Cleveland and … showcases Cleveland's truly inclusive and welcoming community."
While Cleveland's Burlesque Queen and event director/producer Bella Sin stresses that the annual festival is "presented by local businesses, most of them women-owned – everything we do or anything we need comes from Cleveland," she is quick to add that the event itself knows no borders.
"Our participants came from as far as Bogota, Colombia, London, UK, Canada and all over the United States. Our age demographic is from 18 to 89. Our goal is to have the most diverse, inclusive and talented cast in the country."
For our readers who missed all the fun, Fresh Water's managing photographer Bob Perkoski offers this photo recap.
Miss Jenna Beth from Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Auralie Wilde from Iowa City, Iowa
Eliza DeLite from United Kingdom
Dimples Diamond from Columbus, Ohio
Boylesque performer James and the Giant Pasty from Toronto, Ontario CA
Intermission at the Beachland bar
Harlow Holiday from Syracuse, New York
Kater Tot from Kasas City, Missouri
Muza De La Luz from Bogota, Colombia
Intermission outside of the Beachland Ballroom
Crimson Lace Cabaret from Columbus, Ohio
Vivi Valens from Chicago, Illinois
Red Velvet from San Fransisco, California
Mama Disco from Chicago, Illinois
Boylesque performer Hank E Panky from Kansas City, Missouri
The Doll Carousel from Phoenix, Arizona
A glittery celebratory toast at the Beachland bar
Lottie LaRouge from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Cleveland Drag Queen Lady J Martinez
Mimi MaShuga from Boise, Idaho
Rose Marie from Nashville, Tennessee
The 6th Annual Ohio Burlesque Festival was presented by Le Femme Mystique Burlesque, Beachland Ballroom, Visual Grammar, Fear's Confections, In The 216 and Melt Bar and Grilled, with special thanks to Bryan Mravec, Katie White, Nathan, Marissa and Constantinople.
Proceeds benefit the LGBT Community Center of Cleveland.