Sunday, June 22, 2014

I love a Parade: Denver PrideFest 2014

Aerial view over Civic Center Park, Saturday, June 21, 2014

Denver's PrideFest is still one of the oldest festivals celebrating GLBT (or LGBT, depending on which part of the country one is from)....

The festival has spilled out of  Cheesman Park - the home of the original Pride celebrations and long known as the unofficial base for the GLBT Movement of Denver - and now fills the mainstream  Civic Center Park, across from the Colorado State Capitol.  Every year growing by leaps and bounds, twirls and swirls and dancing in the streets...

Today's Parade, like every PrideFest parade, started in the center of Cheesman Park, exiting out to the City streets, through the Cheesman Park neighborhood on Capitol Hill,

For those familiar with Denver, Capitol Hill, and its Cheesman Park neighborhood filled with 150 year old stone and brick manses, Denver Squares and mid 20th century apartment buildings, was once home to Colorado's most elite - the homes here, are more commonly known by their names, not their street address, from the Molly Brown (yeah, the unsinkable one) to the Tears McFarland (the home now acts as a community center and hosts parties,weddings and events), to the Doyle-Benton to the Patterson.

This day, Capitol Hill and Cheesman Park were filled with rainbows......
All manner of rainbows - banners, balloons, face paint and clothing....

The 2014 PrideFest Parade:

My new friend, Andrew
My old friends Charlie and Brian with the Mile High Freedom Band

And Fire Departments

And of course, it is an election year

Sorry Comgen - This is the TECH GOD - My friend Dallas

Dads with their kids

Yeah, we were dancin' and singin' and movin' to the groovin'
And just when it hit me somebody turned around and shouted
Play that funky music white girl
Play that funky music right
Play that funky music white girl
Lay down the boogie and play that funky music till you die
Till you die

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