Loud and Proud

Four "out" lawmakers -- senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer -- will serve as Denver PrideFest 2012's Grand Marshals this year, something that highlights the importance of the "Fight for Your Right to Pride" theme, says Dani Perea, communications and marketing manager for The Center. "We're working in recognition of gay rights and gay-rights struggles."

Today also marks PrideFest's Family Day, an all-inclusive celebration that features kids' events (a petting zoo, for starters) and a "dogs in drag" contest.

The more adult-friendly parade begins tomorrow in Cheesman Park and heads down Colfax Avenue to Civic Center Park, the fest's hub, where there will be food, drinks, entertainment and more than 250 local and national vendors. National music acts Kristine W. and Fab Morvan will be on the main stage, with country, Latin and dance stages elsewhere.

Denver PrideFest starts today at 11 a.m. in Civic Center Park, with activities and entertainment continuing through Sunday at 7 p.m. For more information and a full schedule of events, or to download the PrideFest app for your smartphone, visit glbtcolorado.org or call the Center at 303-733-7743.
June 16-17, 2012


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