Pride Month is here! But why limit the celebration of Pride to one month?
Here in Northern Colorado, we’re celebrating all summer long with a mixture of in-person and virtual events, from parades and marches, plus a few local organizations you can support with a donation.
Whether you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community or consider yourself an ally, you are invited to participate! Read on for a handful of ways to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community in NoCo this June and beyond.
June 5, 2021 | Fort Collins
Photo Courtesy of SPLASH NoCo
Kick off Pride Month at the Chipotle on College Avenue with SPLASH NoCo’s Pride Night fundraiser! Present your flyer when ordering and Chipotle will donate a portion of your cost to their local LGBTQIA+ youth programming. After you order, eat outdoors for some fun Pride Night swag!
June 7–13, 2021 | Boulder
Head down south for Boulder County Pride Week, a week-long celebration throughout Boulder County from June 7–13. A consolidation of Longmont and Boulder Pridefest, Boulder County Pride features a variety of old-time favorite events, plus a few inaugural events new for 2021. Take a look at the lineup, which includes rainbow storytime, a drive-in film screening, a 50+ LGBTQ mixer, and more, all culminating with motorcades highlighting various locations in the county!
June 12, 2021 | Avon
Photo Courtesy of Eagle County Pride
Pride in the Park welcomes all, whether you identify as LGBTQIA+ or not, to come show your support and celebrate visibility, equity and inclusion at Nottingham Park in Avon. The day is packed with activities, including yoga in the park, a Pride and Prada Fashion Show, local speakers, a drag show, a Pride parade, and a dance party! This event is free and open to all. If you are interested in tabling, volunteering or getting involved in any capacity, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 26, 2021 | Northglenn
Join the Northglenn community just north of Denver for their first ever PRIDE Night, designed to celebrate LGBTQIA+ residents and guests! Due to COVID, they will be keeping the celebration to one evening of fun, including a Northglenn Youth Theatre PRIDE program, a drag show hosted by former resident Evelyn Evermoore, and a silent disco! Other activities include food trucks, queer vendors sharing their wares, and more. Click here to reserve your free headphones for the silent disco!
June 26–27, 2021 | Denver
While you’re in Northglenn for PRIDE Night, make your way to Denver for Denver Pride, a two-day celebration with both in-person and virtual activities planned. This year’s festivities will include a virtual marketplace, an in-person and virtual 5K race, a virtual parade, and a series of smaller “Pride Hubs” hosted at various venues throughout the city. No matter how you participate, Denver Pride is an excellent opportunity to “celebrate our past achievements, stand-up against our present obstacles, and to unite as a community.”
July 15–20, 2021 | Various Locations (Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley + Online)
SPLASH NoCo presents SPLASH Youth Pride Week, a week of Pride-filled activities for youth to participate in. See the full schedule here, which includes the NoCo Pride March on July 16 (more information below) and Queer Prom on July 17! You can count on some music, art, activism, nature and fun for all ages! Events will take place at a variety of places, including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and online.
July 16, 2021 | Fort Collins
Photo Courtesy of NOCO SafeSpace
NOCO SafeSpace is hosting their third annual NoCo Pride March in Old Town Square on July 16! LGBTQIA+ individuals and community members of color will march alongside allies and advocates in a demonstration of Queer, Trans, Black, Brown, Indigenous and Asian visibility in Northern Colorado. SPLASH NoCo Youth will lead the march displaying more than 30 different identity flags. Make family-friendly Pride signs, dress in your best Pride gear, and join in this non-violent demonstrative march in the heart of Fort Collins!
Sometimes, one of the best ways to support the LGBTQ+ community is by giving a donation to a local organization focused on equity and inclusion. We have quite a few in our midst, including:
Northern Colorado Equality “seeks to empower the LGBTQIA+ community and [their] allies through activities, programs, services and education.” Your donation to Northern Colorado Equality goes directly towards building services, programs and events for their members and the community at large.
SPLASH Youth of NoCo serves LGBTQIA+ youth ages 5-24, their families, schools, and community connections by providing support, resources, referrals, social belongingness and special events, in Larimer and Weld Counties. You can support SPLASH through a donation here!
PFLAG Greeley meets regularly in the Greeley area and is dedicated to “providing a safe, respectful, and supportive environment for members of the LGBTQ+ community, their families and friends, and allies to share their stories.” Your donation helps support PFLAG’s programs!
Local artist Camy the Mermaid has a special Pride Flag Collection, which features 30 designs available as stickers, magnets, posters, pillows, clothing, mugs and so much more. The best part? 100% of proceeds received as commission from Redbubble will be donated to SPLASH Youth! This is an excellent way to add some beautiful, unique artwork to your life while supporting a local LGBTQIA+ program.
How are you celebrating Pride in Northern Colorado this summer? Let us know in the comments below!