44 years strong

2021 Denver PrideFest to offer in-person and virtual events

Christy Steadman
csteadman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 5/27/21

This year, it’s all about uniting. And so that everyone can do so safely, The Center on Colfax is hosting a hybrid Denver PrideFest celebration this year with both in-person and virtual events. …

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44 years strong

2021 Denver PrideFest to offer in-person and virtual events

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This year, it’s all about uniting.

And so that everyone can do so safely, The Center on Colfax is hosting a hybrid Denver PrideFest celebration this year with both in-person and virtual events.

“We believe it’s crucial to provide the community with a range of options to safely connect and celebrate PrideFest this year,” said The Center’s CEO Rex Fuller. “While some people might feel comfortable interacting in small gatherings, others may feel safer staying at home. We hope our hybrid approach offers something for everyone.”

Denver PrideFest takes place June 26-27.

It will feature a virtual parade — which will be broadcasted at 9:30 a.m. on June 27 on Denver7’s and The Center’s social media channels — a virtual marketplace, a 5K and Pride Hubs.

Those who wish to participate in the 5K can do so in their own neighborhood by registering to participate virtually, or they can participate in-person at Cheesman Park. Both the virtual and in-person 5K will take place on June 26.

Micro-events — being called Pride Hubs — will take place at a variety of venues throughout the city. Just a few examples include a Saturday night pool party a with a deejay at the Jewish Community Center, family-friendly activities at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, and a mini festival in The Center’s parking lot featuring food trucks, exhibitors and rooftop entertainment.

Admission to most Pride Hubs events are free, but there will be capacity limits. Some require pre-registration and some venues will be using a ticketing system to manage attendance. Denver PrideFest’s website has links to each Pride Hub for people to register for the events.

“Pride events are an important opportunity for community members to come together and speak out on issues that are important to the LGBTQ+ community. Pride is also an opportunity to celebrate one’s identity without fear or shame,” Fuller said. “I’m so proud of our PrideFest committee members and staff who have been so creative in finding safe ways to celebrate pride.”

Denver PrideFest is The Center’s largest fundraiser that supports the nonprofit’s programming for LGBTQ+ youth, seniors and Colorado’s transgender community. Getting its start as a march, and now in its 44th year, Denver PrideFest is the largest pride celebration in the Rocky Mountain Region.

Last year, Denver PrideFest took place as an all-virtual event, and reached about 3 million people, said John White, events director for The Center.

Whether virtual or in-person, the Denver PrideFest celebration always offers something to forward to, White added.

But “pride is not just one weekend, or one month,” White said. “It’s all year long.”

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