Over 525,000 people from across the Rocky Mountain region came together to enjoy the 2019 Coors Light Denver Pride Parade and Denver PrideFest. It was a beautiful weekend celebrating the LGBTQ community – our love and our history, our struggle and our hope.
Let’s look back at some of the highlights from the weekend:
Setting the Stage
Colorado was ready to show its Pride! Denver Mayor Michael Hancock announced that the City and County buildings would shine in rainbow colors in honor of Denver Pride, while Governor Jared Polis jumped for joy at the site of a Pride flag hanging from the Colorado State Capitol.
It’s Pride weekend in Denver and I couldn’t be happier to have the Pride Flag on display at the Colorado State Capitol! 🏳️🌈 pic.twitter.com/GBkT5iY0qS— Jared Polis (@GovofCO) June 14, 2019
Denver PrideFest: June 15
Denver PRIDE 5K
The weekend officially began when over 1,600 racers left the PRIDE 5K starting line under the giant rainbow flag hanging from the Colorado State Capitol. Run, walk, roll or shashay – everyone had a great time coming together to support the LGBTQ community.
Saturday Festival Highlights
Local hip-hop group, Wheelchair Sports Camp, kicked off an amazing run of Center Stage performances, getting the party started on Saturday afternoon under clear blue skies. The fun continued all day, where the legendary Lady Bunny kept the crowd laughing from both Center Stage and her DJ Set in Smirnoff DanceWorld.
The annual Denver Dyke March began with an inspiring and inclusive rally before winding through Civic Center Park. Artist Lonnie Hanzon’s annual Denver PrideFest installation, Stonewall 50: Progress and Reflection, drew huge crowds all day. The interactive exhibit was created to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the riots at the Stonewall Inn, and was designed to have visitors “reflect” – literally and figuratively – on pivotal historical moments in the struggle for queer liberation.
Denver PrideFest: June 16
Coors Light Denver Pride Parade
The 2019 parade was the largest that Denver has ever seen, with over 250 marching groups joining in the festivities. It was a beautiful representation of our community! Grand Marshals Governor Jared Polis, Out Boulder County Executive Director Mardi Moore, and State Representative Brianna Titone were on hand to the delight of the crowd.
Sunday Festival Highlights
Hometown drag hero and winner of the most recent season of “Ru Paul’s Drag Race,” Yvie Oddly delighted the afternoon crowd with her original drag performance. Yvie was followed by electrifying headliner Todrick Hall (presented by Nissan), whose energetic set barely closed before a quick Colorado storm blew in and the rain started to pour.
Such an honor to be back and perform on the Civic Center main stage for this year’s Denver PrideFest. The love and overwhelming energy that flowed through the crowd was beyond magical. ✨ pic.twitter.com/7b6qHSx3xn— Yvie Oddly (@OddlyYvie) June 18, 2019
Donning a fabulous wig and costume borrowed from local drag queen, Miracle, Miss Peppermint killed it on stage after a brief rain delay, despite enduring a last-minute cancellation of her flight from Sweden.
All weekend long, the talented acts on the U.S. Bank Latin Stage kept the audience laughing, singing, and entertained. International club sensation, DJ Joe Gauthreaux, closed the festival down with a rocking set from Smirnoff DanceWorld.
Rain storms, flight delays, missing wigs – nothing could stop our performers!
2019 Press Highlights
Our community shined during Denver Pride. Take a look back at some of the stories to remember:
- Denver PrideFest 2019 will commemorate 50 years since Stonewall Inn riots
- The Center on Colfax announces line-up for Denver PrideFest 2019
- Yvie Oddly on winning “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” just before PrideFest
- 17 things to do at Denver PrideFest, from drag queen brunch to block parties
- How to be proud in Denver this weekend
- ‘Pride Bars’ help community center reach vulnerable communities
- On the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, Denver’s LGBTQ community reflects on the moment that blew open the doors
- ‘We’ve come a long way’: Thousands gather at Denver Pride Parade
- From prohibited to proud: The history of drag in Denver
- PrideFest served as the backdrop of symposium that teaches event emergency safety
- Thousands gather for Denver Pride Parade led by Governor
- 303 Street Style: Denver PrideFest
- Denver PrideFest draws huge crowds
- Photos 2019: PrideFest brings rainbows, sunshine and Yvie Oddly downtown
Denver PrideFest: Where the Funds Go
Proceeds from Denver PrideFest, the Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, and the PRIDE 5K all raise funds for The Center on Colfax’s programs and services for Colorado’s LGBTQ community, which includes programs like Rainbow Alley (LGBTQ youth, ages 11-21), SAGE of the Rockies (older adults, age 50+), and the Trans Program (support for the trans and non-binary community).
The Center also meets critical needs in the LGBTQ community by partnering to provide free on-site services, like HIV/STI testing, PreP education, insurance navigation, legal referrals, support groups, low-income tax preparation, and mental health counseling for youth.