Sure, you could head to the altar, a scenic mountain overlook or City Hall to exchange your wedding vows. But for Denver couple Dillon James and Trent Hall, getting married calls for a full-on parade.
The pair plans to say “I do” atop a parade float in Cheesman Park during the city’s 42nd Annual PrideFest, which returns to Civic Center Park June 17-18. This festival, expected to draw 350,000 attendees, celebrates the history and culture of the LGBT community of Colorado and is the biggest pride event in the region.
Jaymes and Hall say they decided the pride parade would be the perfect way for them to tie the knot.
“It’s never been done before,” Hall says. “We wanted to do something completely different and epic.”
After seven months as a couple, the men got engaged three months ago. They met on Facebook, and say they would occasionally comment on each other’s photos before their relationship grew.
In keeping with their social media driven past, the two are looking forward to the Snapchat filters they will use on their wedding day. After the couple gets married, they say they intend to stick around at PrideFest for the festivities. While Hall has been to PrideFest before, Jaymes’ first time attending will be on his wedding day.
Besides the parade, PrideFest features events including a political rally, a 5K race and plenty of entertainment. Some to plan for:
- The Big Gay 5K, June 17 at 10 a.m., starting on the steps of the Capitol Building
- The AIDS Memorial Quilt Exhibit will be on display in the McNichols building on both Saturday and Sunday.
- Chad Michaels of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” performs on June 17 at Civic Center Park at 3 p.m.
- The Pride Rally for Equality will take place June 18 at 11:30 a.m. on the west steps of the Capitol.
- Jennifer Holiday performs June 18 at Civic Center Park at 3 p.m.
Reporting by Laurel Thompson