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Five Reasons Why You Won’t Want To Miss Boulder Pridefest 2017

Over 5,000 beautiful people, countless exhibits, food vendors, and activities galore can only mean one thing: Out Boulder County’s 14th Boulder Pridefest is on the horizon once again. While Boulder Pridefest 2017 will take place Sunday, September 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Pride Week 2017 is set to begin on Tuesday, September 5 with daily events leading up to the main event at Central Park.

Here are five reasons you’ll want to attend this special community event:

Music that makes you dance

From a top 40 contestant on American Idol to “fabulous drag performances and beautiful costumes that have empowered and inspired audiences everywhere…” you’ll want to stick around the Bandshell for a true menagerie of talent on September 10.

Marcie Smith, a top 40 contestant on American Idol, band member of The Reall Deall, and 1 Dude and a Chick, will kick off Pridefest’s day of festivities. Catch her solo performance at the Bandshell from 12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.

Gora Gora Orkestar will follow Marcie with their unique 10-piece brass band. Their mission is to make “the audience dance with its infectious rhythm and own brand of feel-good music”. What more could you want? Gora Gora Orkestar’s eclectic blend of Old World melodies, from Eastern European folk music to New Orleans second-line and mixed with American funk, will appeal across cultural boundaries. They take the stage from 1:45 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. in the afternoon.

Haus of FishCandy returns for their second year performing at Boulder Pridefest 2017. Adorned in wonderful costumes, fantastic drag outfits, Haus aims to recreate where original Drag comes from – and where it has gone since then. Check them out from 2:45 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Samba Colorado, the very first Brazilian Dance School and Company in Colorado, brings people from disparate walks of life together through sharing the beauty and joy of Brazilian music, culture, and dance. They offer weekly classes, performances, and more, so head over there and see how you do from 3:45 p.m. – 4:30 p.m..

Music will continue until close with performances specializing in American Salsa, as well as traditional Chinese Lion Dance.

March to the beat of your own pride

Join Boulder Pridefest Visibility March for all LGBTQ+ identities and allies Sunday, September 10 at 10:45 a.m. by the Bandshell. Start off Boulder Pridefest on the right (or left) foot with love, joy, and visibility. Show your spirit and pride by donning festive and colorful outfits. Bring a supportive sign or banner if you’d like, especially if you’re part of an LGBTQ-affirming organization, place of worship, volunteer group, or simply want to display your pride every way you can.

The “Big Gay 5k”

This Big Gay 5k has a mission: to help aid Out Boulder County educate, advocate, and provide services and support for Boulder County’s LGBTQ+ communities. Walk, jog, run, or sprint your way along Boulder Creek before looping back to Central Park and enjoy the rest of the day’s activities. The race will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, September 10.

Real Boy

The kick-off to Pride Week 2017 will take place at the Dairy Arts Center with a screening of “Real Boy” on Tuesday, September 5 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. followed by a Q&A panel. The film follows a family in transition, from turbulence to transformation on the part of a 19-year-old trans son and his mother moving from resistance to acceptance with help from their communities. This film is a moving, sobering reminder that no matter how alone you my feel, you truly are not.

Eat, drink, and be merry

What’s a festival without food and drink vendors? Thankfully, there’s no need to ponder that question for too long as the options to satiate your taste buds abound. Returning from last year are food vendors like Cuban Fusion, as well as exhibitors including Boulder County AIDS Project, Clinica Family Health, and Proudly Yours. This is an extremely small sampling of what to expect when you arrive, just enough information to get your appetite in gear for this year’s Pridefest.

There is so much more going on the week of September 5 – 10 leading up to the official event. Take a look at Boulder Pridefest 2017’s official website for more information. If you’ve gone before or are a first time attendee, we’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences. Feel free to share them in the comments below and we look forward to seeing you at Boulder Pridefest 2017.

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