Strap on your rainbow, you gay-loving pals, because this weekend is brimming with Denver Pride.

This is quite the revolutionary point in our lives — more and more people are realizing that gay people deserve to be treated as equals.

And Denver PrideFest has grown immensely — and is now reportedly the third-largest pride festival in the U.S. Way to go, Mile High.

Beginning Saturday (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) and running Sunday (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), with the big parade (now the seventh-largest in the U.S.) beginning at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, hundreds of thousands will unite in this weekend to support the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community .

Christy Fantz
Christy Fantz

The festival kicks off Saturday at Civic Center Park (Colfax and Broadway), where there will be hundreds of vendors, food and drink, a resource center, a dance world, a Latin stage and a center stage with live entertainment.

The famed Pride Parade leaves Cheesman Park (13th and Humboldt in Cap Hill) at 9:30 a.m. Sunday and marches 14 blocks down Colfax to the festival site at Civic Center Park. The grand marshals of the parade are Margie O'Donnell and Luke Adams, the mother/son team as seen on three seasons of "The Amazing Race."

The Denver Dyke March is on Saturday, leaving from Blush and Blu, 1526 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, with a rally and festivities beginning at 2 p.m. and a march down Colfax, also to Civic Center Park, at 4 p.m.


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Note: Don't bring your own booze! Bags are checked at the door. There will be alcohol for sale at the festival. Also, leave your pets at home for this event.

Be sure to check out these official parties:

Lost Worlds party at Tracks, 3500 Walnut St., Denver, is tonight at 9 and is specifically for the ladies. The venue will be transformed into ancient Rome and will have prizes for the best toga outfit. tracksdenver.com

Also at Tracks tonight is Drag Nation, Denver's top drag show, featuring performers from all over the world.

The party rages on with the pride after-party, CLiMAX Sunday at Club Vinyl, 1082 Broadway, Denver, at 6 p.m. There will be four dance floors, grilled food, hookahs, four dance floors and dozens of awesome DJs. coclubs.com/club-vinyl

And Red Light is the official after-hours pride party at The Hall, 3545 Larimer St. Denver, where the dance party rages from 1:30-5 a.m.

Whew. That was a mouthful. (That's what he said.) For complete details, including more festivities (including The Big Gay 5K ), check out glbtcolorado.org/pridefest.

Bike art

Saturday night, a Denver tour will take you on a spin for its Twilight Bike Tour. The Denver Arts & Venues are sponsoring the bike ride around the city to view various bike-themed public art.

The tour leaves the McNichols Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave., Denver, at 8 p.m., pit stop around Denver, and make a party stop at OhHeckYeah, Denver's summer street arcade party on Champa Street, between 14th Street and the 16th Street Mall; it runs through July 26 on Thursdays and Saturdays from 7-11 p.m. The modern-day arcade is quipped with giant LED screens, games that utilize the body as a controller and with Microsoft Kinect devices, so gamers feel like they're inside the video game. So future, man.

The art bike ride is free, but helmets are required. Info: artsandvenues.com

Rolling with the skate homies

Hit the streets riding on Saturday, which is also the 11th annual Go Skateboarding Day. Local skate companies will be visiting the Denver and Arvada sake parks with food and promotions.

Aside from trick contests at the skate parks, Colorado-based skate company So-Gnar is sponsoring a video-edit contest. Grab your pals and skate, film, edit and create your own three-minute video on how you spent Go Skateboarding day. Turn it in to Wahoo's Fish Taco, 226 E. 20th Ave., Denver, by 8 p.m. Saturday and watch it, along with other submissions, on the big screen. Best wins a cash prize. More info: so-gnar.com

Contact Christy Fantz at 303-473-1107 or fantz@coloradodaily.com