Denver Delight 2021: issues to do and rejoice

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Pride in Denver went largely online in 2020. Now, in 2021, the celebration of all queer things has spread to all parts of the city, with several designated hubs joining the center on Colfax as focal points, as well as some livestream options as well. Whether you want to spend the day in the park, attending a political protest or attending a Shabbat service, there is something for you this week.

These events could be your ticket to Pride:

Mary’s pride
Until June 27th
1336 East 17th Avenue
Hamburger Mary’s is an official point of contact for this year’s Pride. The restaurant and bar will celebrate Pride in style. Play drag bingo on Wednesdays at 7pm; On Thursday, visit Pride Splosion at 5:30 PM and 8:00 PM; on Friday at 8:00 p.m. dinner with a side of drag; on Saturdays, enjoy drag brunch at 10:00 am, 1:30 pm and 3:00 pm, followed by a dinner with a side of drag at 8:00 pm; and on Sundays, join the drag brunch at 10 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3 p.m., followed by Yass Queen at 7 p.m. Make reservations at 303-993-5812.

Block-wide pride
June 25-28
The milk block
The Dairy Block celebrates the LGBTQ community all weekend long with art shows, happy hours, yoga sessions, drag shows and bingo, DJs and pop-up bars. A full calendar of events can be found on the Dairy Block website.

Members of the Denver Art Museum march in Pride.

Members of the Denver Art Museum march in Pride.

Miles Chrisinger

Denver Pride Virtual Celebrations
Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th
online free
If you miss going to Civic Center Park for the annual parade, you can always be part of the next best thing (and avoid sunburn). Denver Pride will host many of its usual events online throughout Pride Weekend, including a virtual hub stage starting Saturday, June 26th at 1pm and a virtual dyke march at 2pm. On Sunday June 27th, ONE Colorado is holding a midday rally, and at 5 p.m. Nina West will perform at the Triangle. Information on all of this and more can be found on the Denver Pride website.

Denver Pride 5K
Saturday, June 26th, 1pm
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 love to sweat it out on your own), sign up for the Denver Pride 5K, which starts at 1 p.m. at Cheesman Park, of several fundraisers for the Center that throws Pride and offers a range of resources to LGBTQ people in the area. What are you waiting for? Get on your way!

Denver Pride spread the fun all over town ... and on the internet.

Denver Pride spread the fun all over town … and on the internet.

Miles Chrisinger

JCC Pride Weekend Celebration
Saturday, June 26th and Sunday, June 27th, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
JCC, 350 South Dahlia Street
Free
Musicians, food trucks, special exhibitors and even a mobile vaccination station will be set up in the Denver Jewish Community Center to celebrate everything related to LGBTQ. Enjoy a Saturday performance of One Heart, United, written by Rainbow Alley Youth in association with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts. For a full schedule, visit the JCC online.

Denver Museum of Nature & Science Family Pride
Saturday June 26th and Sunday June 27th
Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Boulevard
LGBTQ families and children can gather at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, where drag queen storytellers, rainbow bubbles, magicians and musicians put on a show for everyone. The fun that takes place in Boettcher Plaza is divided into three sessions with limited capacity: 10 am to 11:30 am; Saturday and Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Reservations can be made on the Denver Museum of Nature & Science website; Family Pride is free with museum entry.

PRIDE pool party
Saturday, June 26th, 6pm to 8pm
JCC Denver, 350 South Dahlia Street
$ 18
Put on your sexy swimwear and dive into one of the most beautiful pools in Denver with Laura Menorah and DJ Sinna-G. You’ve earned a bath after a hot June Pride day. To register and for more information, visit the JCC website.

A colorful car from a past Pride parade.

A colorful car 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 27th, various websites
The annual Pride Parade is great fun, but it is often sweltering and crowded. This year’s edition can be enjoyed at your kitchen table in a more air-conditioned environment. Still, the message is the same: be proud of who you are, whether you are doing it alone or with a small group of friends or family. March…

ART Hotel Viewing Party of the Parade
Sunday, June 27th, 9 a.m. 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; Wall painter Jason Graves and artist Remington Robinson will activate the hotel’s FIRE Terrace by recreating the Graves geometric gradient with temporary chalk paint. There are Pride-themed cocktails, a DJ on the deck, and a rainbow costume contest. Tickets are $ 25 for general admission and $ 100 for VIP. Find out more here.

Pride Hub: Denver Film
Sunday, June 27th, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free
With its CinemaQ series, Denver Film is one of the most supportive institutions for the LGBTQ community in the city. This year the cinema is stepping out of the darkened theaters into the fresh air and is home to an outside bar, shops and a stage with pop-up performances and brewery’s brewery. Join your favorite film experts for a queer old time. Visit the Denver Film website for more information.

Barry’s United We Sprint
Until June 27th
Looking for an intense workout and the chance to support a good cause? Barry’s, a training studio, is celebrating Pride with the United We Sprint Challenge. For every fifteen classes attending by June 27, the studio will donate $ 30 to GLAAD and the Family Equality Council. Visit the Barry website for more information.

Decoded Pride, Issue # 2
Until June 30th
Denver-based story-a-day anthology Decoded Pride has just released its second edition, which is filled with queer and transsexual comics and speculative fiction. This month the group will be posting stories every day about everything from evangelical vampires to ancestral powers. Visit the Decoded Pride website to subscribe and read.

Do you have a Pride event you’d like to add to this list? Send the details to [email protected]

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Kyle Harris has been Westword’s Arts Editor since 2016, writing on the arts, music and film.

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