Every third weekend in June, the Mile High City is transformed into a resplendent rainbow of love and unity. Denver Gay Pride shines on at its absolute finest over the course of two days. PrideFest first graced Denver with its presence in 1976, when the GLBT Community Center of Colorado first opened its doors. It is an event that spans across two days and begins with the Pride 5K, which attracts members from the community of all ages.
The day after the race, Denver Gay Pride concludes with a parade downtown, where there are hundreds of floats and even more individuals who march in the streets, creating an explosion of color and love to take over Colorado's capital. Over the past three years alone, the attendance at Denver's PrideFest has skyrocketed, from 100,000 to over 375,000 guests attending in 2018, which makes it one of the largest pride festivals in the United States of America. In addition to the two main events, there are also smaller happenings that occur over the weekend for everyone to partake in.
The following is the event program for 2020. Stay tuned for the 2021 program.
Denver Pride will kick off with its annual Pride 5K on June 15, 2019 at 9:30am. Participants "run, walk, roll, or sashay" their way through downtown Denver in an event that welcomes people of all ages and from all walks of life. Like the 2017 and 2018 Pride 5K races, the event will begin at the Capitol building and loop around the streets of downtown, before finishing up around 11am.
June 16 is when Pride will really kick off, though. The Coors Light Denver Pride Parade is a staple of the community, and it will begin at 9:30am and last for just over an hour and a half. It will start at Cheesman Park and later conclude at the site of Denver PrideFest, Civic Center Park. This is one of the most vibrant and prevailing events that celebrates unity in the community and honors Colorado's LGBTQ+ community.
While there is no specific theme for this year's Pride festival, there will be several events and artistic exhibitions commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising. Following the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, the Denver Pride Official After-Party will take place at the beautiful Triangle Bar, beginning around 6pm.
As if you needed a reason to visit the Mile High City this year, Denver's PrideFest is one for the books and one you'll definitely want to experience. We'll see you there!