Out Boulder County is reviving in-person Pride events this year, following more-distanced celebrations in 2020 and 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic. The celebrations will be featured across the county and have grown and expanded to spark new traditions, too.

Starting Monday, the nonprofit will kick off a series of events to celebrate Pride that will run through June 12. The festivities will include trivia, video game tournaments, dancing, drag story time and multiple visibility parades, to name but a few. All are open to the public, and the majority of events are free.

Mardi Moore, Out Boulder County executive director, said the nonprofit was able to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic and celebrate Pride in motorcades for the last two years, but it’s not the same as being able to march together side by side.

“We’re finally back in person,” Moore said. “I think they will have great attendance, because people are looking forward to seeing one another again.”

This year marks the first that Out Boulder County has been involved in a Lyons Pride event.

Bryn Long, a Lyons resident and Out Boulder County board president, said the Lyons festivities this year are a culmination of the determination and hard work of Lyons youth. Last year, youth allies at Lyons High School hosted a Pride parade.

Long himself stumbled upon the youth organizers at the Stone Cup last year. As Pride approached this year, the nonprofit and youth came together to amplify the celebration, creating Lyons Pride.

Lyons Pride will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 18. The events will kick off from 9 to 11 a.m. with coffee, tea and conversation at The Stone Cup, 442 High St.  At noon, a sidewalk Pride Parade will leave Sandstone Park and loop around Main Street.  From noon to 3 p.m., participants will find Pride booths, face-painting and live music. A rally with several speakers will take place at 1 p.m. at Sandstone Park. Addressing the crowd that day will be Lily Berlin, youth peer support assistant for Out Boulder County.

The day will be capped with a happy hour from 3 to 5 p.m. at MainStage Brewing Company, 450 Main St.

“It’s going to be a full day and a lot of fun,” Long said, adding later: “I’m so proud of the youth that started it here in Lyons and stepped forward and said, ‘Let’s do this thing.’”

To bring recognition to Pride month, Long joined youth last Friday in painting several Lyons crosswalks along High Street  in the colors of the progressive flag.

“It’s in a small community, where these grassroots efforts led by youth really change the world,” Moore said. “This is an example of that in practice.”

Moore also highlighted the numerous other events the nonprofit will host to celebrate Pride this month.

Longmont will continue its Pride Festival downtown. The festivities will take place between 1:15 and 6 p.m. June 11 at Fourth Avenue, between Main and Kimbark streets. A visibility march along the downtown sidewalks will kick off at 1:15 p.m. Those who want to take part can meet at Fourth Avenue and Main Street. The route will follow Main north to Longs Peak and then Third Avenue south back to Main, returning to Fourth.

Participants are encouraged to dress in their most festive and colorful garb. All LGBTQ+ identities and allies are welcome.

Boulder’s Pride will run from 10:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. June 12 in Boulder Central Park, 1212 Canyon Boulevard. A visibility march along the sidewalks will begin at 10:45 a.m., starting at the band shell. The route will follow Canyon Boulevard east to 15th Street, take 15th west on Pearl, wrapping back down 14th Street to Walnut Street and taking Walnut west to 13th Street, ending at the band shell.

“All our partners are showing up with great resources,” Moore said. “I can’t wait for all the hugs and smiles that are headed our way.”

Pride schedule

outboulder.org/pride

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