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How to Celebrate Pride in Denver This Week

Pride had fewer limitations when we posted the "Denver Pride Parade Arrives at Civic Center Park" slideshow.
Miles Chrisinger
Pride had fewer limitations when we posted the "Denver Pride Parade Arrives at Civic Center Park" slideshow.
Pride in Denver went largely online in 2020. Now, in 2021, the celebration of all things queer has spread to all parts of the city, with several designated hubs joining the Center on Colfax as focal points, and some livestreamed options, too. Whether you want to spend the day in the park, at a political protest or at a Shabbat service, there's something for you this week.

These events could be your ticket to Pride:

Pride at Mary's
Through June 27
1336 East 17th Avenue

Hamburger Mary's is an official hub for this year's Pride. The restaurant and bar will be celebrating Pride in style. On Wednesday, play Drag Bingo at 7 p.m.; on Thursday, attend Pride-Splosion at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.; on Friday, have Dinner With a Side of Drag at 8 p.m.; on Saturday, enjoy Drag Brunch at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by Dinner With a Side of Drag at 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, take part in Drag Brunch at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., followed by Yass Queen at 7 p.m. Make your reservations at 303-993-5812.

Blockwide Pride
June 25 to 28
The Dairy Block

The Dairy Block will celebrate the LGBTQ community all weekend long, with art shows, happy hours, yoga sessions, drag shows and bingo, DJs and pop-up bars. For a full calendar of events, go to the Dairy Block website.



click to enlarge Members of the Denver Art Museum staff march in Pride. - MILES CHRISINGER
Members of the Denver Art Museum staff march in Pride.
Miles Chrisinger
Denver Pride Virtual Celebrations
Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27
Online, free

If you miss going down to Civic Center Park for the annual parade, you can always participate in the next best thing (and avoid a sunburn). Denver Pride will host many of its usual events online throughout Pride weekend, including a virtual center stage starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 26, and a Virtual Dyke March at 2 p.m. On Sunday, June 27, ONE Colorado will host a noon rally, and at 5 p.m., Nina West will perform at the Triangle. For information about all this and more, go to the Denver Pride website.

Denver Pride 5K
Saturday, June 26, 1 p.m.
Cheesman Park
Register online, $35-$40
Queer runners, walkers, skippers and more: Lace up! Whether you want to run in person (because you're vaccinated and ready for a sweaty party) or virtually (because you like sweating alone), sign up up for the Denver Pride 5K, which starts at Cheesman Park at 1 p.m. This is one of several fundraisers for the Center, which throws Pride and offers an array of resources to LGBTQ people in the region. What are you waiting for? Hit the road!
click to enlarge Denver Pride has spread the fun throughout the city...and the internet. - MILES CHRISINGER
Denver Pride has spread the fun throughout the city...and the internet.
Miles Chrisinger
JCC Pride Weekend Celebrations
Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27, 1 to 5 p.m.
JCC, 350 South Dahlia Street
Free

Musicians, food trucks, special exhibitors and even a mobile vaccination site will set up at the Jewish Community Center of Denver to celebrate all things LGBTQ. On Saturday, enjoy a performance of One Heart, United, written by the Rainbow Alley youth in collaboration with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For a complete schedule, visit the JCC online.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Family Pride
Saturday, June 26, and Sunday, June 27
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard

LGBTQ families and kids can gather at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where drag-queen storytellers, rainbow bubbles, magicians and musicians will be putting on a show for everybody. The fun, which takes place on Boettcher Plaza, is spread across three limited-capacity sessions: 10 to 11:30 a.m.; noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are available at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science website; Family Pride is free with museum admission.


PRIDE Pool Party
Saturday, June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street
$18

Put on your sexiest swimwear and join Laura Menorah and DJ Sinna-G for a dip into one of the finest pools in Denver. After a hot June Pride day, you deserve a soak. To register and for more information, go to the JCC website.
click to enlarge A colorful float from a past Pride parade. - MILES CHRISINGER
A colorful float from a past Pride parade.
Miles Chrisinger
2021 Coors Light Virtual Denver Pride Parade
Saturday, June 26, 10:35 p.m., Denver 7
Sunday, June 27, various websites

The annual Pride Parade is a blast, but it's often scalding hot and jam-packed. This year's edition can be enjoyed at your kitchen table, in a more climate-controlled environment. Still, the message is the same: Take pride in who you are, whether you're doing that alone or with a small group of friends or family. March on...

ART Hotel Viewing Party of the Parade

Sunday, June 27, 9 to 11 a.m.
1201 Broadway
The hotel will host a viewing party of the Coors Light Virtual Denver Pride Parade hosted by Jessica L'Whor and Felony Misdemeano; muralist Jason Graves and artist Remington Robinson will activate the hotel's FIRE Terrace by recreating the outline of Graves' geometric gradient of color with temporary chalk paint. There will be Pride-themed cocktails, a DJ on the deck and a rainbow costume contest. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $100 VIP. Find out more here.

Pride Hub: Denver Film
Sunday, June 27, 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
Free

With its CinemaQ series, Denver Film has been one of the most supportive institutions of the LGBTQ community in town. This year, the cinema will step out of the darkened theaters and into the fresh air, hosting an outdoor bar, businesses, and a stage with pop-up performances and brews from Ratio Brewery. Join your favorite movie mavens for a queer ol' time. For more information, go to the Denver Film website.

Barry's United We Sprint
Through June 27

Looking for a high-intensity workout and a chance to support a good cause? Barry's, an exercise studio, is celebrating Pride with the United We Sprint Challenge. For every fifteen classes people take through June 27, the studio will give $30 to GLAAD and the Family Equality Council. For more information, go to the Barry's website.

Decoded Pride, Issue #2
Through June 30
Denver-based story-a-day anthology Decoded Pride has published its second edition, chock-full of queer and trans comics and speculative fiction. Every day this month, the group will be releasing stories about everything from evangelical vampires to ancestral powers. Head to the Decoded Pride website to subscribe and read.

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