Say it Loud, Say it Proud! Denver PrideFest Takes Over Civic Center Park June 16-17
DENVER, CO – Denver PrideFest, Colorado’s largest regional celebration of LGBT Pride, returns to Denver’s Civic Center Park June 16-17. The free festival features live entertainment on three stages and more than 200 vendors offering crafts, food and drink. One of Denver’s largest festivals, Denver PrideFest expects to host more than 350,000 guests over the third weekend in June.
Proceeds from Denver PrideFest support the GLBT Community Center of Colorado (“The Center”), a non-profit organization that serves more than 47,000 people annually at its facility in Denver’s Capitol Hill neighborhood with programs for LGBT youth, seniors, Colorado’s transgender community, and training and legal programs. The festival is The Center’s largest annual fundraiser.
Coors Light PrideFest Parade
Sunday morning, June 17 at 9:30 am
Stepping off from Cheesman Park and traveling via Colfax to Civic Center
Grand Marshals: Charlie Craig and David Mullins
David and Charlie, along with Charlie’s mother, visited masterpiece Cakeshop in July of 2012 to order a cake for their upcoming wedding reception. Upon learning that the cake was for a same-sex wedding, the shop’s owner immediately informed the couple that he would not make a cake for them because of his religious beliefs. With the help of the ACLU of Colorado, the couple brought their case first to the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court. Through many setbacks, they have stood their ground and pursued this case for more than five years. Following oral arguments in December 2017, the Court is expected to hand down a decision in the case in June of 2018.
The Coors Light PrideFest Parade is the centerpiece of Denver PrideFest. Featuring more than 200 entries, the parade celebrates the color and diversity of the LGBTQ community and the many groups, religious institutions and businesses that support it.
Dance Music Legend Crystal Waters
Sunday, June 17 at 3pm, Center Stage
Called “One of the most influential women of Dance Music” by Mix Mag, Crystal Waters is best known for 1991’s "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)", 1994’s “100% Pure Love” and the #1 European hit "Destination Calabria" with Alex Guradino. Her accolades include 6 ASCAP Songwriter Awards, three American Music Award nominations, an MTV Video Music Award nod and four Billboard Music Awards. In 2012, “Le Bump” (Yolanda Be Cool) added another #1 on the Beatport House Chart. With DJ Chris Cox in 2013, the #1 Billboard Dance Chart. In November 2015 Crystal released "Synergy", in October 2016 she released "Believe" both quickly rose to the # 1 spot on the Billboard Dance Chart garnering Ms. Waters 10 #1 Billboard Dance Chart hits and 11 top 10 hits. Her new release in 2017 on Defected Records with Hifi Sean, "Testify" went straight to the A List on BBC Radio 1, 2 and 6. Currently #10 on the iTunes Dance Chart, top 30 on the overall chart and #5 on the Shazam Dance Chart.
Kameron Michaels from Ru Paul’s Drag Race
Saturday, June 16 at 3pm, Center Stage
One of the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Kameron Michaels is the body builder Barbie. She blurs the line between masculinity and femininity. Originally from Nashville, Kameron is travelling from coast to coast in the United States as well as touring the United Kingdom bringing his unique blend of muscular glamor to the masses. https://kameronmichaels.com/
DJ Barry Harris
Sunday, June 17 at 5pm, Smirnoff Dance World
Canadian producer, songwriter and DJ Barry Harris is one of the creative masterminds behind the hit synthpop act Kon Kan and the dance club sensation Thunderpuss which dominated the Billboard dance charts with more than forty number one hits. A veteran of the Toronto DJ scene, Barry has performed at myriad gay venues, clubs and luxe events. He continues to tour the U.S. and lends his legendary skills to parties & events in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Boston, San Francisco, San Diego.
A temporal installation by Lonnie Hanzon at Denver PrideFest 2018
Presented by Nissan
Lonnie Hanzon has made a career out of being a master storyteller through his art installations. Clients around the world call on Lonnie when they need their story brilliantly told through unexpected, entertaining visuals. Lonnie has created mammoth installations at Civic Center Park since 2015, including a 24-foot tall wedding cake called “Equality Cake” in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court marriage equality decision and last year’s “Shrine to Humanity.” This year’s work speaks to another pending U.S. Supreme Court decision, Masterpiece Cakeshop Ltd. V. Colorado Civil Rights Commission.
Denver Pride Rally for Equality
Hosted by One Colorado, the rally will take place on the west steps of the Capitol immediately following the parade. The Colorado LGBT Legislative Caucus, state leaders as well as activists and groups from throughout the Denver community will speak out for LGBTQ civil rights.
Run, walk, roll or sashay! Kick off Denver PrideFest on the right foot with our 3.1-mile race starting and ending at the State Capitol at 9:30 am on Sunday morning. The race is open to walkers and runners and benefits the GLBT Community Center. Register for the race a denverpride.org.
More Denver PrideFest activities can be found at
The Center’s website:
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DenverPrideFest
Follow us on Twitter: @COCenter
Denver PrideFest thanks our Corporate Sponsors
Miller Coors (sponsor of the Coors Light PrideFest Parade)
Get Your Gay On (Official Pride Merchandise)
Nissan (Presenting sponsor for Equal Threshold)
Sheraton Downtown Denver (Official Hotel)
Smarty Pants (sponsor of Smarty Pants Vitamins Family Area)
Smirnoff (sponsor of Smirnoff Dance World)
U.S. Bank (sponsor of U.S. Bank Latino Stage)
Walmart (sponsor of Walmart Youth Area)
Wells Fargo (sponsor of Wells Fargo VIP Area)
A Perfect Bite Catering
AARP (sponsor of AARP SAGE Resource Area)
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment
Eldorado Spring Water
Floor & Décor (sponsor of Floor & Décor Family Dance Area)
King Soopers (sponsor of King Soopers Volunteer Program)
Babes Around Denver
Bank of the West
Colorado LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce
Denver Film Society
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
ESP Specialty Insurance
Matthew Shepard Foundation
Proud to be PREPPED
Rose Medical Center
University of Colorado
We the People Clothing
Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (Platinum Sponsor)
Zayo (Gold Sponsor)
Denver International School (Silver Sponsor)