The first Denver PrideFest was held in 1976 with only about 150 people in attendance. Organized by members of the local LGBTQ+ community center, now known as the Colfax Center, the event has since grown to become the third largest LGBTQ+ pride festival and seventh largest LGBTQ+ parade in the U.S., attracting an estimated 525,000 guests annually. The parade and rally are held the third weekend in June. Denver is the capital of the state of Colorado, which is located in the Rocky Mountains, a scenic area where a train with large floor-to-ceiling windows through the Rocky Mountains is one of the most popular ways to travel in the United States. Colorado was also the first state in the nation to legalize marijuana.
Capitol Hill is a vibrant area in East Denver, Denver's gay and lesbian neighborhood with many bars within walking distance.
During the week leading up to the march, there are a number of surrounding events. For example, Prideweek Denver hosts a movie night where you can enjoy some classic queer movies outdoors at sunset. There are also other events such as talks on LGBTQ+ topics.
PrideFest is an event that is free to attend with marketplace vendors, multiple stages with country music as well as dance music and live entertainment.