Time to throw on those rainbows and let your colors shine this weekend at Denver Pride, the largest LGBTQ celebration in the Rocky Mountain region! The two-day schedule of events, June 15-16, includes PrideFest, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, and the Pride 5K race. The festival is hosted by The Center on Colfax and will take place at Civic Center Park, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots and the beginning of the LGBTQ movement. All proceeds from the event support vital programs and services that positively impact the LGBTQ community in Colorado.
Head to Civic Center Park for PrideFest, which will include live entertainment on three stages, 250+ exhibitors, and lots of food and beverage vendors. Events will take place throughout Saturday and Sunday, and admission is free. Center Stage at PrideFest will feature performances by acts like Todrick Hall, Wheelchair Sports Camp, drag artist Lady Bunny, and RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Peppermint and Yvie Oddly.
The Pride 5K will take place on Saturday morning, with registration opening at 8 a.m. and the race starting at 9:30 a.m. at the Colorado State Capitol Building. Runners, walkers, and rollers can create individual teams to raise money, with 100 percent of the proceeds directly supporting the LGBTQ community of Colorado—assisting youth centers, health services, and social support groups. After the race, prizes will be awarded to top finishers, fundraisers, and the racer with the best costume.
Head to Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday for a celebration like no other—the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade. This year’s parade will be the biggest in the city’s history, with nearly 250 floats. Attendees will include Colorado’s Jared Polis, the nation’s first openly gay governor, who will serve as one of the five grand marshals leading the event. Polis will be joined by his partner, first gentleman Marlon Reis; state representative Brianna Titone; Mardi Moore, the executive director of Out Boulder County; and the drag performer Peppermint.
Getting to Civic Center Park and other events for Denver Pride
While the safest bet may be Uber or Lyft, there are still plenty of options for those who want to drive. Denver Pride has organized a way to reserve parking spots for the weekend through their SpotHero page. If you choose to bike to the events, this list outlines where to park your bike within easy walking distance of Civic Center Park. Denver Pride has also created a map to help those in wheelchairs navigate the park to make the experience easy and enjoyable for everyone.