PrideFest parade draws thousands to downtown Denver

Two-day festival includes 5K run, attractions in Civic Center Park

By: - June 26, 2022 1:25 pm

The annual PrideFest Parade proceeds west on Colfax Avenue past the Colorado Capitol in Denver on June 26, 2022. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

Thousands of people gathered in downtown Denver to take part in the annual PrideFest parade, which occurred Sunday morning and was a primary event in the weekend-long PrideFest celebration. It was Denver’s first in-person PrideFest parade since 2019, due to the pandemic.

The parade started at Denver’s Cheesman Park and proceeded west down Colfax Avenue past the Colorado Capitol toward Civic Center Park, where food vendors, exhibitors, performers and other festival attractions were offered. A Pride 5K race took place on Saturday.

The festival is produced by The Center, a nonprofit that serves the LGBTQ community. Organizers said the festival attracts visitors from throughout the Rocky Mountain region, and they estimated 2019 attendance at more than 525,000 people.

There was a discreet but visible police presence during the parade. On June 11, law enforcement officers in Kootenai County, Idaho, arrested a truckful of men on suspicion of conspiracy to riot during a Pride in the Park event in Coeur d’Alene. Three of the men were Colorado residents.

Entertainment at Civic Center Park was scheduled through 6 p.m. Sunday, including a 3 p.m. performance by Australian pop singer Betty Who.

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