Denver Pride FAQ

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Denver Pride FAQ
When is Denver PrideFest?

Denver PrideFest will take place June 15-16, 2019 in downtown Denver’s Civic Center Park, located at the intersection of Colfax and Broadway. Because of City of Denver permit regulations regarding use of Civic Center Park, the festival regularly takes place on the third weekend of June.

When is the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade?

The Coors Light Denver Pride Parade steps off from Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 16. It marches down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park.

How much does it cost to attend PrideFest?

There is no charge for admission to Denver PrideFest. However, to purchase food and beverages you must buy tickets, sold at ticket stands throughout the park. Tickets can be purchased with cash only. There are ATMs on site.

What are the rules of Denver PrideFest?

These FESTIVAL RULES are posted at all gates, published on The Center’s website and published in the Denver PrideFest Pride Guide. Our festival rules are based on similar rules used at sporting venues and other major events.

  • All bags, containers and packages are subject to search.
  • No coolers allowed.
  • Only factory-sealed, non-alcoholic beverages allowed in the park. No open beverage containers allowed. No glass containers. This includes water bottles. There are free water fountains inside the park at Colfax & Bannock and at 14th & Broadway.
  • Guests will not be allowed to carry alcoholic beverages through the exit gates.
  • No weapons of any type allowed in the park.
  • No marijuana use allowed in the park. Public marijuana use is illegal in Denver.
  • No bicycles or unicycles allowed in the park.
  • Pets should be left at home for their comfort and safety.
Where is Lost & Found?

Lost and found items can be turned into The Center’s Information Booth at the end of Sponsor Row. After the festival, lost and found items will be brought to The Center at 1301 E. Colfax Ave. Call 303-733-7743 to inquire about lost items. 

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are permitted in public parks in the City of Denver. Denver PrideFest cannot prevent people from bringing their pets to a public park. But we strongly encourage pet owners to leave their animals at home.  It is likely to be very hot and uncomfortable for your pet. For their comfort and safety we ask you think twice before bringing you animal. If you choose to bring your dog, they must be on a leash. Please make sure your pet is hydrated and be aware of their paws on extremely hot pavement.

Dogs are NOT allowed in the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade. The only exception to this rule is service animals.

How do I get to PrideFest? Where do I park? Which streets are closed?

Information about parking, street closures, and bicycles are included on the Visitor Information page.

 Where should I stay for Denver PrideFest?

Each year we partner with downtown hotels that support our community. Check out our Hotels page for more information and special rates.

 Why does Denver PrideFest take place on Father’s Day?

Because of the popularity of the park for public events, city regulations allow for a limited number of days each summer when festivals can take place in Civic Center Park. A festival is not allowed to take place two weeks in a row in order to allow the park to recover between festivals. Traditionally the first weekend of June is reserved for the Capitol Hill People’s Fair. The final weekend is reserved for the Biennial of the Americas. Denver PrideFest is allowed a permit on the third weekend of June which often coincides with Father’s Day.

Can I bring a tent?

No. Guests are not permitted to set up tents on festival grounds.

How do I get a booth space?

No matter what type of organization or business you have, you must fill out an application to purchase a booth to sell items at the festival.

How can I or my organization be in the parade?

Whether there are two people or 200 hundred in your contingent, you must fill out a parade application.

I don’t have a booth. Can I hand out fliers, sign people up to support my cause, or sell merchandise?

No. Unless you have a booth at Denver PrideFest, you cannot solicit or sell anything in any way on festival grounds. Protest or demonstration activities will be directed to the free-speech zone near Broadway and 14th, open to anyone who is not selling a product. Violation of these rules will result in immediate and permanent eviction from PrideFest by the Denver Police Department. Sales of any merchandise outside of booths are prohibited.

How do I volunteer for Denver PrideFest?

We need lots of volunteers to make Denver PrideFest happen—more than 400! Learn more about how you can get involved by completing a volunteer application.

Do you accept exhibitor applications from marijuana dispensaries?

Denver PrideFest is grateful for the support of the cannabis industry. Unfortunately, we have made the decision to no longer accept applications from marijuana businesses. New rules for public festivals are extremely strict and do not allow marijuana business to publicly display marketing materials at festivals, making participation at the festival impractical as well as unnecessarily risky for business licenses.

For those looking to support Colorado’s marijuana businesses, please be aware that the law forbids smoking in public and it remains illegal to remove marijuana products from the state when you depart. Your employer may have a policy addressing this matter as well. Know your company’s policy, if applicable.