Northern Utah’s Rainbow Court holds Zen-style coronation

The Imperial Rainbow Court of Northern Utah will bring an ‘Evening in the Zen Temple’ for the 12th coronation weekend event, Nov. 17-20. The festivities will kick off at the Roy Eagles Club, 5130 S. 1700 West, Roy, and continue at the Comfort Inn & Suites, 2250 S. 1200 West, Ogden, the rest of the weekend.

On Friday, Nov. 18, the out-of-town show will highlight Rainbow Court performers from out of the state. On Saturday, Nov. 19, Coronation XII – An Evening in the Zen Temple: a Celebration of Life, Healing, Sunlight, Nature, Harmony, and Spirit, will showcase the talents of the current monarchs Empress XI MacKenzie, Princess Coco Riley and Prince Truman. The new candidates for leadership, Alexis Devo and Nikki Reeves, will also be present for their coronation. Following the talent section, the Water Party with drinks and socializing will be held in the hotel’s reception hall.

“We wanted to bring a different, more calming energy to this show. That’s why we chose the Zen theme. We want to convey a sense of calm and tranquility,” said J.P. Norman, also known as Empress MacKenzie.

The events held at the hotel are open to all ages and special hotel packages and prices are available.

The IRCONU is one of the few queer organizations in Northern Utah. The group meets regularly at local bars to help raise funds, not only for their activities, but for important charities, Norman said. Some of the local charities include the AIDS fund, the cancer fund and the community concern fund, which helps people who are struggling to make ends meet. The IRCONU also performs at the Ogden OUTreach Resource Center, which is the queer youth center in Northern Utah.

“The IRCONU continues a very important and long tradition of charitable giving and social atmosphere that has been established by the Royal Courts around the country,” Norman said.

The Court is run by a board of volunteers as well as volunteers who use the monarchical titles of emperor, empress, prince and princess.  For more information, go to IRCONU.org or go to tinyurl.com/irconucoronation.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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