LGBTQ

Fifteen Ways to Celebrate Denver Pride 2019

Denver Pride 2019 will have you seeing rainbows.
Ken Hamblin III
Denver Pride 2019 will have you seeing rainbows.
This month marks the fiftieth anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots, the protests that catapulted the American LGBTQ-rights movement into the public eye. Fifty years later, Pride is important as ever. From parties and parades to comedy shows and races, Denver Pride 2019 has something for everyone, whether you are part of the LGBTQ community or an ally. Check out our list of the best Denver Pride events happening this week.

click to enlarge This could be your wedding cake, with the help of the Day-of Weddings. - THINKSTOCK FILE PHOTO
This could be your wedding cake, with the help of the Day-of Weddings.
Thinkstock file photo
Pride & Unprejudice: An Engagement Cocktail Party for the LGBTQ+ Community
Thursday, June 13, 6 to 9 p.m.
Grant-Humphreys Mansion
770 Pennsylvania Street
Free

Queer-friendly wedding-planning service the Day-of Weddings + Events is partnering with the Grant-Humphreys Mansion to host a special event for engaged and "engaged-curious" LGBTQ+ couples interested in working with wedding vendors and venues that are supportive of the LGBTQ community. The event includes complimentary drinks from Mile High Spirits and Colorado Cider Company (making this event 21 and up, with ID required for entry), appetizers and dessert samples from Three Tomatoes Catering and Valhalla Cakes, as well as inclusive entertainers, photographers, DJs, florists and wedding-attire retailers. There will be prizes and giveaways galore from participating vendors, including a luxury hotel stay. Register via Eventbrite to secure your free ticket.

Mortified Live: Pride Edition
Thursday, June 13, 8 p.m.
Oriental Theater
4335 West 44th Avenue
$16-$20

Part standup comedy show, part confessional, Mortified Live spotlights adults sharing diary entries, poems, love letters, art, and songs from their angsty teenage years in front of an audience of strangers. With LGBTQ pride as this show's theme, prepare for cringe-worthy and hilarious coming-of-age stories told by local queer folks. This 18+ event is a perfect opportunity for queer teens to see exactly how it gets better, and a percentage of ticket sales will benefit Rainbow Alley, the Center on Colfax's program for Denver's queer youth. For those over 21, stop by Blush & Blu beforehand for a cocktail during a pre-show happy hour from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

A previous Roll party at Tracks. - KEN HAMBLIN
A previous Roll party at Tracks.
Ken Hamblin
Rainbow Roll Pride Celebration
June 13 to 14
Tracks Nightclub
3500 Walnut Street
$10 for 18+, $5 for 21+ (includes skate rental)

Don't let the mandatory waiver scare you. This special Pride edition of Tracks Nightclub's Roll party is sure to be a blast. Get excited for roller skating, drinks for the over-21 crowd, dancing, and a drag performance by RuPaul's Drag Race alum A'Keria Chanel Davenport. While tickets are available for just this event, Tracks also offers a Weekend Pass for $59 that will give anyone over 21 entry to nearly all of the club's events this week – and also allow them to cut the lines. Both types of tickets are available on Exdo's website.


Youth Pre-Pride Party
Friday, June 14, 5 to 7 p.m.
Rainbow Alley at the Center on Colfax
1301 East Colfax Avenue
Free

Bring the whole family to Rainbow Alley's Denver Pride 2019 pre-party to make parade signs, eat snacks and learn more about Rainbow Alley's programs for queer youth and their allies. This event is a great way to get little ones excited about Pride in a family-friendly environment. Rainbow Alley will also have its own section on the corner of 14th and Broadway, called Youth Alley, at Denver PrideFest.

HOLOGRAPHIC Women's Pride Celebration
June 14 to 15
Tracks Nightclub
3500 Walnut Street
$10 from 7 to 10 p.m., $12 from 10 p.m. to close

Hosted by Babes Around Denver at Tracks Nightclub, HOLOGRAPHIC is the Official Women's Pride Party for Denver Pride 2019. With aerial, acrobatic, dance, drag and other performances, plus food trucks, drink specials and more, it's easy to see why 2,000 people attended last year's women's Pride party — and this one is supposed to be even bigger. Despite the name, HOLOGRAPHIC is open to people of all gender identities, as long as they are over 21.

click to enlarge A photo from last year's Bearracuda Pride Party. - AARON THACKERAY
A photo from last year's Bearracuda Pride Party.
Aaron Thackeray
Bearracuda Denver Gay Pride 2019
June 14 to 15
Summit
1902 Blake Street
$10 before 9 p.m., $15 after 9 p.m.

Bearracuda is "the largest attended bear dance party in the U.S." Sponsored by GROWLr, Mile High Gay Guy, Strap Up Custom Gear and Midtowne Spa, Bearracuda promises nearly 1,500 men sporting their leather-daddy best. While go-go bears will be the main attraction and entertainment, the all-ages party will also include a laser show. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Ticketfly.