DENVER – After Denver PrideFest had to move to a virtual celebration last year during the pandemic, there will be a hybrid model again this summer that will allow people to celebrate one of the city’s most popular traditions together in person.
This year’s PrideFest, hosted by the Center on Colfax, will take place June 26-27 and will feature a variety of personal and virtual activities including a personal and virtual 5K race, a virtual parade hosted by Denver7, a virtual marketplace and personal “Pride Hubs” throughout the city, where people can celebrate together.
“We believe it is important to provide the community with a number of options to safely connect and celebrate PrideFest this year. While some people feel comfortable in small gatherings, others feel more secure staying home. We hope our hybrid approach has something for everyone, ”said Rex Fuller, CEO of The Center.
Usually the PrideFest culminates in a festival in Civic Center Park. This year, however, the festival will be divided into smaller events with capacity constraints. This includes:
Denver Museum of Nature and Science: The family-friendly hub for PrideFest with outdoor music, stories, and stalls for kids. Discounted museum tickets are also available for sale.
The Center on Colfax: A mini festival in the parking lot with food trucks, a DJ, entertainment on the roof and other exhibits.
The Jewish Community Center: Two days of events, including a pool party on Saturday evening and a DJ.
Pride and Boast: Presents Smirnoff Dance World
The You Film Center: Movies and Activities.
Some of the venues use a ticketing system to manage capacity limits and COVID-19 restrictions apply at this time. However, entry to all events is free. The center said additional locations will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
This year’s PrideFest 5K will be back with personal and virtual options for everyone to participate. The personal race will take place on Saturday June 26th at Cheesman Park. Participants can register for the race here.
And for the second year in a row, Denver7 will be showcasing the Coors Light Virtual Denver Pride Parade, which will air on Sunday June 27th at 9:30 am on the Denver7 and The Center social media pages, as well as our website and streaming Apps will be broadcast.
Denver7 will also be televising the parade later that Sunday.
The PrideFest weekend is celebrated virtually
The virtual parade consists of videos produced by participants, other people, organizations and local businesses. Anyone wishing to participate must complete an online application by May 7th.
The annual PrideFest helps raise funds for the center, which supports organizations and programs for LGBTQ + youth, seniors, the transgender community, and legal and educational programs.
The event typically brings nearly half a million people to Civic Center Park over two days – the Rocky Mountains’ largest Pride celebration.