Don’t you dare put those Pride flags away just yet.
The Center on Colfax said Denver’s annual PrideFest is still on for June 20 and 21 — parade, 5K, DJ parties and all — despite the coronavirus outbreak. But this year, it’ll be online.
“While it is a very difficult decision to make, it is all but certain we will not be able to have an in-person Pride Event this year,” Rex Fuller, the CEO of The Center on Colfax, said in a statement last week. “Instead we will work on creating a virtual Pride Event including the 5k, marketplace, and parade. A more full plan is expected in the coming weeks. We will reach out to those that have paid for pride booth’s and the parade to discuss the new plans and impacts with those companies and individuals.”
PrideFest weekend, which typically draws 450,000 people to Civic Center park, is The Center’s largest fundraiser. Instead of raising the usual $1 million, The Center is aiming to raise just $100,000 this year.
But how does a virtual Pride work? The Center laid out a potential look at what’s to come:
Parade floats will submit “fun-filled” videos that The Center will live stream. And don’t worry, the stream will still include lively commentary from queens and the like.
You won’t get the same colorful community of runners and spectators in front of the Capitol, but you still may see rainbows in the streets. Participants will run a 5K nearby their homes and submit their times independently. The Center will send commemorative t-shirts.
DJs from clubs around Denver will host parties via Twitch. Unfortunately, you will have to provide your own Vodka Red Bulls.
Drag shows and other main stage entertainment
Performers who were already scheduled will shift their shows online.
Showing your pride
The Center is encouraging people to decorate their homes and apartment balconies. Share your photos online to spread Pride.
Exhibitors and job fair
The Center will set up an online marketplace so you can check out the various “booths.” There will also be an online job board for people to find LGBTQ-friendly employment opportunities.
Rally and other events
The Center said details on the rally and other Pride events are still to come. You can find the latest updates on The Center’s website.
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