LGBTQ Community Gathers to Celebrate the Life of Chris Harris

Monday January 14, 2019

Chris Harris, the party promoter who died this past week, is being remembered over the next two days in Providence.

On Monday, January 14, visiting hours at Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Home are

3:00 - 8:00pm, Russell J. Boyle & Son Funeral Homes is located on 331 Smith Street, Providence, RI, 02908.

On Tuesday, January 15, an EPIC 'Celebration of Life' event will take place on Tuesday, January 15th at 5:30pm at the Providence Biltmore Hotel on Dorrance Street, followed by a parade procession to the after party at Club EGO.

5:30 pm - Guest arrival

6:00 pm - Speaking program

7:00 pm - Reception

8:30 pm - Parade procession from the Biltmore to EGO

9:00 pm - EGO After Party

Parade procession will start from The Providence Biltmore on Dorrance Street. The parade will go down Washington Street, left on Snow Street to Weybosset Street. Left on Weybosset and then right on Richmond Street to Club EGO. Procession will include a marching band, live performance artists, friends, family and community members.

"What's up, ProviDANCE?" is a question familiar to anyone who has attended a 'Chris Harris Presents' event. Lovingly known as the "King of Clubs", Chris was an award-winning event producer, premier concert promoter, accomplished business owner and community organizer. He was co-owner of Club EGO in Providence, RI, and provided some of the best LGBTQ nightlife experiences that captivated audiences and forever changed the industry.

Chris was a pivotal leader in the LGBTQ community, an advocate of equality and proud to have created safe environments where people could come together to celebrate who they are. He was never shy of sharing his vision of dreaming big and "no" was never an answer. Chris was always willing to help where he could and never stopped fighting for what was right. He was always there for the community and leaves a substantial legacy that is being celebrated across the country.

He leaves behind his long-time companion, Dominic Chang. He is survived by his mother Beverly, stepmother Donna Harris of South Kingstown, RI, his three siblings Alexander A. Harris of Scituate, RI, Robert L. Harris Jr. of Exeter, RI, Rebecca Harris Fiske of Richmond, RI, and cherished nieces and nephews Abigail, Alissa, Jacob, Daimon and Isabelle.

Christian Harris, born in Providence, RI on December 23, 1967 to Beverly Boulton Cottam of Boynton Beach, FL and the late Robert L. Harris of South Kingstown, RI, passed away peacefully at home surrounded by family and close friends on Wednesday, January 9, 2019.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made online to the 'Chris Harris Tribute Fund at the National LGBT Cancer Network' at or by check mailed to Chris Harris Tribute Fund at the National LGBT Cancer Network, Hope Artiste Village, 1005 Main St. Suite 2137, Pawtucket, RI 02860. This fund will be used to establish a LGBTQ cancer prevention and education program in Rhode Island and beyond.

As another tribute to Chris, It was just announced that both Boston and Rhode Island Pride will be recognizing Chris as the Honorary Marshall for both Pride Celebrations. Boston Pride - June 8, 2019 and Rhode Island Pride, June 15, 2019.