The Denver PrideFest runs on a shoestring each year, but it still remains free, and thats just the first perk of this annual festival, which rolls around for its 35th year today and tomorrow in Civic Center Park. Not every pride event can make that boast anymore, notes Heather Draper of the Center, which coordinates Denvers PrideFest, recognized as one of the top ten such fests in the nation.
Heres a taste of what you can expect: Beginning with the new Country Stage, featuring a 480-square-foot dance floor right on the corner of 14th Avenue and Broadway, PrideFest has five entertainment stages, including the popular Latino Stage, where openly gay mariachi artist Antonio Reyna and local drag diva Colombiana are just two of the featured acts. Big-name girl group En Vogue will headline the Main Stage on Sunday at 3 p.m., while B-52s frontman Fred Schneider will reportedly man the turntables at the Three Olives Dance World around 5 p.m. Saturday. Saturday also includes a kids parade, the beloved Dogs in Drag contest, the second annual Denver Dyke March and the evening Womens Celebration; Sunday starts off with the legendary PrideFest Parade, which will feature more than 100 entries as it makes its way down Colfax Avenue to the park.
We have great entertainment, hundreds of interesting vendors, international cuisine, lots of diversity and good people-watching, Draper adds, and that doesnt include the flurry of after-hours parties at gay bars around town.