Family-friendly or adults-only, Denver's PrideFest 2012 has celebrations for all, starting tonight

With "Fight for Your Right to Pride" as the official theme of Denver's PrideFest 2012, the GLBTQ community is taking off its gloves -- led by four grand marshals who are also happen to be "out" members of the Colorado Legislature: Senators Pat Steadman and Lucia Guzman, and Representatives Mark Ferrandino and Sue Schafer. Put on by The Center, this year's official Pride festivities kick off Saturday, June 16, with a family-friendly day of events at Civic Center Park. Sunday, June 17, is more adult-oriented fun, with the annual Pride Parade rolling out of Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. (A daily schedule of official PrideFest activities is available on the organization's website.)

But the Mile High City will also host dozens of all-inclusive events leading up to the big blowout. Below are a handful of Pride-connected shows, parties and fun things to do starting today and running through Sunday, June 17.

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Bree Davies is a multimedia journalist, artist advocate and community organizer born and raised in Denver. Rooted in the world of Do-It-Yourself arts and music, Davies co-founded Titwrench experimental music festival, is host of the local music and comedy show Sounds on 29th on CPT12 Colorado Public Television and is creator and host of the civic and social issue-focused podcast, Hello? Denver? Are You Still There? Her work is centered on a passionate advocacy for all ages, accessible, inclusive, non-commercial and autonomous DIY art spaces and music venues in Denver.
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