JUNE 20 – 21 – denverpride.org
Providing citizens “a safe way to celebrate the culture and heritage of the LGBTQ+ community” while COVID-19 sweeps through the region. The yearly festival in Denver typically draws 450,000 people to Civic Center Park (currently closed) and raises around $1 million for The Center on Colfax, which helps fund programs for LGBTQ youth and seniors, Colorado’s transgender community, and training and legal programs. Denver Pridefest also typically stimulates the local economy in an incredibly positive way, engendering around $25 million for the city. This year’s online festival is hoping to raise for The Center on Colfax just a 10th of what it usually brings in, but organizers hope that the community will still show up in droves to support each other, albeit digitally. They also hope to offer virtual versions of many of the celebration’s usual features, including: virtual parade, virtual 5K, virtual entertainment, virtual dance party, virtual exhibitor page, pride decorating contest, pride job fair.