Denver PrideFest 2022: A guide to this year’s best parties, parades, marches and more

Denver Pride is back and fully in person this year for the first time since 2019. The two-day celebration takes place on Saturday, June 25, and Sunday, June 26, and features everything from marches and live performances to a brand new sober area. Denver PrideFest, held both days in Civic Center park, will host more than 250 exhibitors and 30 food and drink vendors and aims to bring the community “together with Pride.”

Sprint into the celebration with the Denver Pride 5K

Beginning and ending on the west steps of the State Capitol, the Denver Pride 5K kicks off the weekend at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Participants can take part — at any speed they please — to help the Center on Colfax raise its goal of $100,000 for LGBTQIA+ programming. Participants can begin arriving at the west steps to stretch, grab their goodie bags and racing bibs (if they haven’t already), and check out booths at 8 a.m.

Also, don’t forget to check out Volleypalooza right before — the Colorado Gay Volleyball Association’s annual Pride grass volleyball tournament. While registration is now closed, members of the community can come cheer on their favorite teams starting at 9 a.m. and continuing into the afternoon.

Spend the day at Denver PrideFest

Starting Saturday at 11 a.m. at Civic Center, Denver’s two-day PrideFest will host more than 250 vendors and feature three stages where live performers will entertain all day. Headliners this year include Australian pop singer Betty Who; “RuPaul’s Drag Race” fan favorites Kylie Sonique Love and Silky Nutmeg Ganache; singer and DJ Cazwell; and winner of RuPaul’s 11th season, Denver’s own Yvie Oddly.

PrideFest will be filled with live music from DJs and entertainers, including performances on Denver Pride’s Latinx stage. The festival is estimated to draw in over 500,000 people and goes until 7 p.m. on Saturday, then 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

Join the Denver Dyke March

At noon Saturday, the 13th annual Denver Dyke March will begin at the Center on Colfax and march down Colfax Avenue. The march will then go to the west steps of the State Capitol for a rally that includes guest speakers Becky Taha’Blu, Coco Bardot and Klaudia Neufeld.

Watch the Pride Parade

Featuring more than 200 entries, the 2022 Coors Light Denver Pride Parade will roll down Colfax Avenue starting at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday. Watch from your favorite spot along the route, which spans 14 blocks from Colfax Avenue to Cheeseman Park and the Civic Center, or listen to parade announcements at The Center on Colfax, part of the official Cheba Hut Coors Light Denver Pride Parade Watch Party at 638 E. Colfax Avenue.

Share your voice at the Pride Rally

Assemble on the west steps of the State Capitol once again on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. for the One Colorado Pride Rally to express to local leaders the concerns and needs of the LGBTQ+ community.

 

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