Denver PrideFest will bring thousands of people downtown this weekend for a rainbow-filled celebration. Here’s what you need to know to be prepared.
Several streets in downtown Denver will close Friday for the festival and parade, reopening at 11:59 p.m. Sunday:
- Bannock Street from Colfax to 13th Avenue, beginning at 7 a.m.
- 14th Avenue from Cherokee Street to Broadway, beginning at 7 a.m.
- Broadway from 16th Street Mall to 13th Avenue, beginning at 7 p.m.
- Colfax Avenue westbound: from Lincoln Street to Cherokee Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
- Colfax Avenue eastbound: from Cherokee Street to Lincoln Street, beginning at 6 p.m.
For Sunday’s Coors Light Denver Pride Parade, Colfax Avenue from Franklin to Lincoln streets will close starting at 9 a.m. and re-open once the parade is over.
RTD service will experience some disruption because of the festival. Between 6 p.m. Friday and the end of the event on Sunday, all routes will have a minor detour around Civic Center Park. Bus routes along Colfax Avenue and Franklin Street will have a roughly three-hour detour Sunday starting at 9 a.m. as roads are closed for the parade.
Service will also be affected by the Juneteenth Festival and Parade. Between 4 a.m. Saturday and 11:30 p.m. Sunday, light rail trains on the L Line will not serve stations from 18th and California to 30th and Downing. RTD will provide bus shuttles to carry passengers between these stations. To accommodate the Juneteenth Parade, Route 12 will experience a minor detour around 26th Avenue and Downing Street starting at 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Pride festival will take place Saturday and Sunday in Civic Center Park. The festival is free but food and beverages must be purchased with cash-only tickets.
Weapons and open beverage containers are not allowed into the festival, and bags will be searched at the entrance.
Leashed dogs are allowed inside the park, but event organizers are strongly encouraging attendees to leave them at home due to the heat and the crowd.
Bicycles are not allowed inside the park, and bicycles that are chained to the temporary fences will be removed by the police. Bicycle parking is available around the park at a number of locations, including in front of Denver Public Library and in front of the Denver City and County building.
According to the National Weather Service forecast, there is a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms this Saturday and Sunday in Denver, so attendees may want to bring a rain jacket or umbrella.