Ten must-attend 2014 PrideFest events in Denver
PrideFest is back, and the LGBTQ community is prepping to hit the streets where booze flows, bodies grind, rainbow flags wave and skin burns under the sun. While there are the usual liquor drenched festivities, thumping dance parties and ample opportunities to cruise, there are less debaucherous options as well, including kickball tournaments, races and kids' parades. Whatever your tastes, below are ten of the best offerings from this year's Pride.
Courtesy of The Center Denver's PrideFest is the third largest LGBTQ pride celebration in the United States.
10) Bearracuda Denver
Fat? Hairy? Like your men that way? If so, consider taking a walk on the feral side of the queer community with bears, cubs and otters, who will be cuddling up on the dance floor at Berracuda, the most attended gay dance party in the United States. Start dancing at 9 p.m.; tickets cost $7 before 10 p.m. and $10 after.
9) Girl Pride
Whether you're' looking for burlesque, gogo dancers, killer comedy or hiphop, from happy hour till midnight, Girl Pride will meet your needs. Hosted by Rose Garcia from the Real L-Word and Dru Marie from Spike TV and Girls in Wonderland, the event features the musical styling of DJ Tatiana, DJ Corona and DJ Robot5000, who will keep you dancing all night long. The event begins at 8 p.m. with a two-for-one cover till 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover for 21+ and a $20 for 18+.
8) Lost Worlds
Forget Caligula. Denver's hottest women's night, Babes Around Denver is sponsoring Lost Worlds, a Roman-themed women's pride party at Tracks, which will be transformed into a Romanesque pleasure dome replete with gladiators, togas and beyond. The best toga outfit will win you $100. Tickets are $7 from 7-9 and $10 from 9 on.
7) Pride Parade
If you can stomach the fact that Coors continues to attempt to repair the damage from their homophobic political legacy by sponsoring the Denver Pride Parade and you don't mind the throngs of hetero business owners and politicians cashing in on the LGBTQ community, few parades compare. Wash down painkillers, pop a vitamin-b supplement and head to Cheesman Park at 9:30 a.m. for the kickoff. If you can't get up that early, catch the end of the parade on Colfax Avenue near Civic Center Park.
6) LOL LGBT FOR THE RUSH | Benefit Stand Up Comedy Show
Jake's Food & Spirits
Let's say you want to support amateur gay athletes but don't want to get all sweaty. The Colorado Rush Rugby Football Club is hosting a comedy show at at p.m. Jake's Food & Spirits. Featuring the gut-busting comedians Chuck Roy, Jordan Weileba and Brady Quarterman, the night promises to add some laughs to pride festivities.
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