PrideFest expected to draw more than 350,000

Civic Center in downtown Denver is site of two-day gathering

Staff report
Posted 6/4/18

More than 350,000 visitors are expected to attend Denver PrideFest, the annual celebration of LGBT pride, June 16-17 in Denver’s Civic Center, 101 W. 14th Ave. The free festival will feature live …

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PrideFest expected to draw more than 350,000

Civic Center in downtown Denver is site of two-day gathering

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More than 350,000 visitors are expected to attend Denver PrideFest, the annual celebration of LGBT pride, June 16-17 in Denver’s Civic Center, 101 W. 14th Ave. The free festival will feature live entertainment on three stages and more than 200 vendors offering crafts, food and drink.

Proceeds from PrideFest support the GLBT Community Center of Colorado, a nonprofit organization that serves more than 47,000 people at its facility in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. The Center, as the organization is called, offers programs for LGBT youth and seniors and Colorado’s transgender community, and training and legal programs. The festival is The Center’s largest annual fundraiser.

The centerpiece of the festival is the Coors Light PrideFest Parade, which begins at 9:30 a.m. June 17, at Cheesman Park and traveling via Colfax Avenue to Civic Center. The parade includes more than 200 entries that celebrate the color and diversity of the LGBTQ community and the many groups, religious institutions and businesses that support it. This year’s parade grand marshals are Charlie Craig and David Mullins.

The Denver Pride Rally for Equality will take place on the west steps of the Colorado Capitol immediately following the parade. The Colorado LGBT Legislative Caucus, state leaders as well as activists and groups from throughout the Denver community will speak out for LGBTQ civil rights.

The Pride 5K begins at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, starting and ending at the Capitol. The 3.1-mile race is open to walkers and runners.

Find information about all Denver PrideFest activities at www.denverpride.org, or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DenverPrideFest.

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