Take pride in celebrating




Rainbow clothing? Check! Rainbow accessories? Check! Drag Queens? Check! Dykes on Bikes? Check! T-shirts with political statements about the battle for equality? Check!

It must be Pridefest weekend up in Denver. According to its website, which I have been stalking since I realized I would be able to attend, Pridefest is considered one of the top 10 Pride celebrations in the country and more than 275,000 from all over Colorado are expected to show up to celebrate their or their loved ones' LGBTQ pride. Don't know what to expect? Check out a brief description of the days:

Saturday June 19 - Family Field Day and Women's Celebration
11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. - Downtown Civic Center Park
Festival attendees are welcome to enjoy activities and entertainment for kids, adults and pets; browse health and wellness booths, the youth interactive area, retail and commercial booths and recharge at food and beverage stands while watching the highly popular Dogs in Drag contest.

Sunday June 20 — Parade and PrideFest Celebration
10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. — Downtown Civic Center Park
The traditional PrideFest parade steps off from Cheesman Park and travels down Colfax to downtown Civic Center Park where attendees are welcome to enjoy a full day of live entertainment on several stages; stroll through 280 sponsor, health and wellness, retail and commercial booths; play in the family interactive area and refortify at the 40 food and beverage stands. Sponsors, patrons, and other VIPs will enjoy the hospitality of the VIP area.

The festivities will also include 4 stages, with R&B superstars En Vouge taking the main stage Saturday afternoon and B-52s front man Fred Schneider helping out DJs on the dancing stage Saturday evening. A Latin stage and country stage will also be providing entertainment throughout both days.

Most importantly, expect LGBTQ happy vendors as well as a friendly and open environment this weekend in downtown Denver as you celebrate your pride (or your support of pride). After all, Denver Pridefest's mission "is to create a fun, safe and empowering space to celebrate and promote the heritage and culture of the LGBT community in Colorado."

Still unsure? Check out the Pridefest Guide before you head up. Now, no more excuses: remind Obama why he made June National LGBTQ Pride Month, slap on those rainbow suspenders and hitch a ride to Denver!

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