It goes without saying that every LGBT bar and club in town will be overflowing this weekend with beer busts and boot scoots and just plain wild celebratin' of the imbibing kind. Check into your favorite, and you'll be well taken care of. But where do you go to see and be seen, raise a glass or two and get your sexual preference on with half the city? Here are some of the hottest parties of the weekend.
Drag Nation, 9 p.m. June 17, Exdo Events Center, 1399 35th Street, $12 cover.
A special Pride edition of the monthly drag show spectacle at Tracks, featuring RuPaul's Drag Race winner Raja and well-dressed guests Lady Bunny and Nina Flowers.
Big Top, 7 p.m. June 17, Tracks, 3500 Walnut Street, 21+, $10 cover.
Hip Chicks Out and Babes Around Denver host a super-girl Pride party with New York performer Lori Michaels live, burlesque shows galore and a circus theme.
Official Kick-Off Party, 3 p.m. June 17, Mo's and Bar Standard, 1037 Broadway.
A benefit for The Center, which sponsors PrideFest festivities at Civic Center Park, this IS the official party, with two levels of raging party time, including spins for every taste by eight or more DJs.
Denver Dyke March, 2:30 p.m. June 18, Charlie's Denver (meet in the parking lot).
Not technically a party, it's a more of a movable feast: Dykes, queers, lesbians, women-loving-women, gays, transpeople, bisexuals, genderqueers, allies, feminists and all other supporters will gather at Charlies to march or ride down Colfax to PrideFest in a show of feminine color.
Boot Scoot, 7 p.m. June 18, City Hall Upstairs, 1140 Broadway, 18+, $10 cover.
One of two concurrent Hip Chicks Out girl Pride parties, the Boot Scoot appeal to gals who like country music and ladies' line dancing. With DJ Shannon, dance coach Susie Pringle and performer Kitty Crimson.
Girl Pride 2011, 8 p.m., June 18, also at City Hall, 1140 Broadway, 18+, $10 cover is good for both parties.
The urban version, with DJs and go-go girls.
Over the Big Top, 9 p.m. June 18, Tracks, 3500 Walnut Street, 18+.
This party features DJ Hector Conseca and...well, you never know.
Mondo's Bitch Slap, 8 p.m., June 19, Beauty Bar, 608 East 13th Avenue, $5 cover. Mondo Guerra? Jelly wrestling? Say no more.
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Official Pride AfterParty, 4 p.m., Vinyl, 1082 Broadway, 18+ .
Cafe Vivid and DJ Tatiana will take over Sunday Climax for this last big Pride social gathering, which features four dance floors, ten DJs and dishing on the patio (and, if you peer over the edge, you can wave to folks at Bar Standard's Rainbow Sky party across the street).