Produced by the well-funded and extremely well-organized Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center of Colorado, Denver's fabulous PrideFest takes place over two days in mid-June. The dates this year are Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, 2013. Nearly 350,000 participants attended Denver Gay Pride last year, and the numbers are expected to climb this year.
More details on Denver Pride 2013 will be provided here as information in released. Here's a look back at last year's event, in the meantime.
Before the big weekend, there are several cool events leading up to the festivities, among them a Mile High Freedom Band concert, a Women's Pride Party, and several other fetes and gatherings.
Denver PrideFest takes place on Saturday, from 11 am until 7 pm, and on Sunday, from 10 am until 6 pm. The setting is downtown's centrally situated Civic Center Park, at Colfax Avenue and Broadway, right in the shadow of the gilt-domed Colorado State Capitol building. Admission to the festival is free, and two stages will feature an exciting range of talents, including headliners Fab Morvan (of Milli Vanilli fame) and Kristine W, plus and many others - there are several stages dedicated to different music themes, including Latino, Dance World, Country, and the Main Stage.
Also on Saturday the Denver Dyke March and Women's Celebration takes place. The march begins with a 3 pm rally outside the gay bar Charlie's (at E. Colfax Ave. and Emerson St.), and then at 4 pm it proceeds west along Colfax to the Pridefest festival grounds at Civic Center Park. Dykes on Bykes will lead the procession, and at the festival.
Rise and shine early on Sunday, to partake of Denver's Annual Gay Pride Parade, which commences at 9:30 am in verdant Cheesman Park, off E. 8th Avenue at Williams Street. The procession continues west along Colfax Avenue, finishing at the PrideFest in Civic Center Park.
Additionally, plenty of gay-popular restaurants, hotels and inns, and shops throughout Denver will be extra busy during this busy time, and catering heavily to LGBT visitors. Here's a look at some of Denver's top gay bars. Check local gay papers, such as OutFront Colorado, and also check out the GLBT travel page at the Denver CVB's Website.