Fifteen Ways to Celebrate Denver Pride 2019

Denver Pride 2019 will have you seeing rainbows.
Denver Pride 2019 will have you seeing rainbows. Ken Hamblin III

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click to enlarge A drag performer competing at a previous Drag Nation show. - CLEO MIRZA
A drag performer competing at a previous Drag Nation show.
Cleo Mirza
Drag Nation PRIDE 2019 – Kaleidoscope
June 14 to 15
Tracks Nightclub
3500 Walnut Street

This week's Drag Nation, hosted by Denver drag queen and reigning RuPaul's Drag Race champion Yvie Oddly, is a must-see show for any drag fan. Not only is Kaleidoscope Oddly's first hometown appearance since being crowned America's Next Drag Superstar, but it also will feature two of her most entertaining Drag Race cast mates, Vanessa "Vanjie" Mateo and Silky Nutmeg Ganache. Three rounds of increasingly expensive tickets have already sold out on Exdo's website, so grab yours while you can, and consider adding on the $15 meet-and-greet package to meet Oddly, Mateo and Ganache. Entrance to Drag Nation is also included as part of the $59 weekend pass at Tracks.

Denver Pride5K
Saturday, June 15, 9:30 to 11 a.m.
Colorado State Capital Building
200 East Colfax Avenue

For the athletically inclined, Denver Pride is holding a 5K race to raise funds for the Center on Colfax. Beginning at the steps of the State Capitol, the route will circle through Cheesman Park, then finish back at the Capitol. Prizes will be awarded for fastest finishers, top fundraisers and best costume. Registration fees range from $30 to 35 (free for kids under five), and include a T-shirt and goodie bag for every participant. You can register online through midnight on Friday, June 14, or starting at 8 a.m. on the day of the race.

Denver Dyke March
Saturday, June 15, 1:30 p.m.
Colorado State Capital Building
200 East Colfax Avenue

The Denver Dyke March will rally for the tenth year in a row this Saturday afternoon on the west steps of the State Capitol Building. The gathering will have live entertainment, as well as speakers addressing the issues faced by queer women that are often overlooked in the LGBTQ community. The march will begin at 3:30 p.m., moving around the capitol onto Colfax, and eventually up to the center stage at PrideFest.

A Station 26 Brewing employee showing his Pride. - STATION 26 BREWING
A Station 26 Brewing employee showing his Pride.
Station 26 Brewing
Brewers Light Pride Parade & Rumpus
Saturday, June 15, 3 to 6 p.m.
Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe and Brewery
4369 Stuart Street

After a handful of local craft breweries were denied a float in the Denver Pride parade because of an exclusive agreement PrideFest has with Coors, Call to Arms Brewing Company decided to organize its own parade. With about fifteen miniature floats, made from whatever the participating breweries could get their hands on, the parade will start at Grateful Gnome Sandwich Shoppe and Brewery, then head to the Empourium Brewing, and finish at Call to Arms. Call to Arms will have food, music and, of course, beer to round out the parade, including a new brut IPA benefiting the Trevor Project, a crisis intervention and suicide prevention program for LGBTQ youth.

click to enlarge Just one of the bars at Pride and Swagger that will be open during its Pride Block Party. - COURTESY OF PRIDE & SWAGGER FACEBOOK
Just one of the bars at Pride and Swagger that will be open during its Pride Block Party.
Courtesy of Pride & Swagger Facebook
Pride Block Party/Drag Showcases/Queerbust Games
June 15 to 16
Pride and Swagger
450 East 17th Avenue

Pride and Swagger is shutting down its whole block for a massive free block party, with food, games, drinks, giveaways and performances. Play drinking games with drag queen Jessica L'Whor during Queerbust until 4:30 p.m., then enjoy a showcase of incredible local drag artists performing on the main stage. The showcase is an awesome way to find your next favorite drag act, since all of the performers have regular shows at Pride and Swagger. Be sure to ask the bar staff about discount drink wristbands to get access to three extra bars outside.

Denver PrideFest
June 15 to 16
Civic Center Park
Broadway and Colfax Avenue

Produced by the Center on Colfax, Denver PrideFest is the largest Pride celebration in the Rocky Mountain region, and one of the largest in the country. Spanning two days, with three different stages showcasing live entertainment, over 250 exhibitors and a plethora of food and beverage vendors, PrideFest is sure to be a good time. Find DJs in Smirnoff Dance World, Latinx performers on the U.S. Bank Latin Stage, and acclaimed drag performers on the Center Stage, including the legendary Lady Bunny and quadruple threat Todrick Hall. Families can relax and take in age-appropriate performances in the Walmart Family Area and Youth Alley, while trans folks are encouraged to check out the Trans Resource Area. Don't miss Denver-based artist Lonnie Hanzon's art installation that pays tribute to LGBTQ trailblazers.

click to enlarge Rainbows galore at the Denver Pride Parade. - EVAN SEMON, THE CENTER
Rainbows galore at the Denver Pride Parade.
Evan Semon, the Center
Coors Light Denver Pride Parade
Sunday, June 16, 9:30 a.m.
Cheesman Park
8th Avenue and Franklin Street

This year's Denver Pride Parade, sponsored by Coors Light, will begin at Cheesman Park and make its way to Denver PrideFest at Civic Center Park. Governor Jared Polis, the nation's first openly gay governor, will serve as one of the parade's five grand marshals, along with First Gentleman Marlon Reis, State Representative Brianna Titone, Out Boulder County Executive Director Mardi Moore, and drag performer and Broadway star Peppermint. Break out your best rainbow attire.

Denver Pride Official After-Party
June 16 to 17
The Triangle Bar
2036 Broadway

The Triangle Bar is adding a huge outdoor area in order to host Denver Pride's official after-party, with a $10 charity beer bust at 4 p.m., DJ Paulo at 5 p.m., and special performances starting at 9 p.m. A drag show hosted by local queen Lacey Vanderpump will include RuPaul's Drag Race alumni Latrice Royale and Morgan McMichaels alongside other local acts. The Triangle Bar is offering $15 tickets specifically for the after-party, as well as a weekend pass to all the venue's Pride events for $45.

click to enlarge See GRiZ up close and personal at Tracks. - AARON THACKERAY
See GRiZ up close and personal at Tracks.
Aaron Thackeray
June 16 to 17
Tracks Nightclub
3500 Walnut Street

Though it's the most expensive event on this list, there is no better way to finish off Denver Pride than by taking in a set from internationally known EDM DJ GRiZ, who just happens to be both gay and based in Denver. In comparison to his massive arena shows, Tracks/Exdo will be a relatively intimate venue for fans 21 and up to groove to his electronic future-funk music. Tickets are still available but selling fast, and this event is NOT included in Tracks's Pride Weekend Pass.

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Cleo Mirza recently graduated from Kenyon College with a degree in English and anthropology. She enjoys good food, cheap wine and the company of her dog, Rudy.
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