This article was published on June 21st, 2018
Dubbed as the queer oasis of the west, Denver is gay-friendly, year-round. From outdoor adventure and local history, to events almost every weekend, the capital and largest city in Colorado has a long history of being a gathering place and melting pot of all cultures from around the Rocky Mountain States. Denver PrideFest 2018 saw another successful year of inclusive, fun activities and events celebrating the Pride of the LGBT community in Denver, Colorado. Here are the highlights of the fun-filled weekend at Denver PrideFest 2018 in Denver, Colorado.
Thousands of people turned out at Civic Center Park to celebrate Pride in Denver. PrideFest, located at Civic Center Park, is the ideal location to celebrate Pride, especially during the uneasy times in the United States on LGBT rights. The park is located between the Colorado State Capitol building, McNichols Civic Center, city and court building, Denver art museum, and the Denver public library—all in the heart and pulse of Denver!
Saturday was Family Day at Denver PrideFest while Sunday was Pride for all attendees. There were fantastic performances throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday on the main stage, and plenty of entertainment in the other areas of the park. Denver PrideFest included a free speech zone, a trans resource area, Dance World, Youth Alley, and the Latino stage. The perimeter ring around the festival ground was filled with vendors, event sponsor activations, food trucks, concessions, and bars perfect for staying hydrated, fed, and thirst-quenched throughout the weekend.
The Denver PrideFest parade was Sunday morning, with a bright-and-early 9:00am step-off. Denver Pride parade is over three hours long, featuring colorful costumes, corporate partners, fierce floats, local organizations, not-for-profit groups, and a complete entourage of local drag queens, go-go dancers, DJ’s, LGBT advocates, and prominent members of the local LGBT community.
Rounding out the weekend, local bars and clubs joined in to host events, from rooftop dance parties to shows featuring some of the queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Many local businesses offered Pride weekend specials and events. Mother Nature served up deliciously hot and sunny weather for most of the weekend, but Sunday night was a washout as torrential rain had Pride-goers racing for cover and moving into indoor venues to close out the weekend.
Overall, it was a gay ol’ time at Denver PrideFest 2018 as fun, laughter, and amazing experiences of love and togetherness were felt at the Mile-High City’s annual Pride weekend. Start planning now and put Denver Pride on your gaycation calendar for 2019. It’s a great mid-sized city Pride where you can get to know the locals and enjoy a complete Pride experience.
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