Today's featured event: Crank up your Pride: There's a party going on!

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Summer's here, and Pride is in the air. This year's PrideFest, and all its attendant festivities, will blossom tomorrow in Civic Center Park and vicinity, and there'll be so much going on that you won't even have to think about what to do next -- just go where the crowd takes you. But there's no time like the present to prepare for the weekend to come, so here are a few ways to hit your stride for Pride tonight.

At Boyztown, 117 Broadway, fun will be a slam-dunk today and all weekend long: For a price (to benefit the do-good Matthew Shepard Foundation), you can see a friend or Boyztown dancer take a dive in a dunk tank. Wet and wild! Call 303-777-9378. For the ladies, Miss Dee's Country Pride with DJ Julie B. will two-step late into the night at HER Bar, 629 E. Colfax Avenue. Admission is a $5 cover at the door; visit the website or call 303-832-2687 to learn more. Or join Babes Around Denver after 7 p.m. at Tracks, 3500 Walnut Street, for a PrideFest 2009 extravaganza, Pride in Utopia -- A Perfect World, with DJ Trina, a guest appearance by The L Word's God-des and She and a futuristic potpourri of aerial dance, contortionists, body painting and more.... But not before you've downed a cocktail or two at the Pre-BAD Martini Party, pouring special $4 ´tinis from 5 to 8 p.m. at tHERe, 1526 E. Colfax Avenue. Admission to the party at Tracks is $10; for details surf to B.A.D online. And one of the town's most time-honored gay bars, Charlie's, 900 E. Colfax Avenue, will be hopping until closing time with a traditional roof-raising beer bust and cook shack beginning at 5 p.m. Shake a tail feather on two dance floors; log on to the Charlie's site or call 303-839-8890 for information. Hey: It's a start.

And, yes, that's only the beginning: Check out Westword's online listings for all the lowdown on how to spend your time before, during and after the weekend's main event.

For more ways to rock the night and kill the day, go to westword.com/calendar.

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