Denver PrideFest is one of the largest displays in support of LGBT rights in the country. The march began with as little as one-hundred participants in 1976 and has since ballooned, with a turnout exceeding 300,000 people per year.
The demonstration started out politically as a protest in reaction to the Denver Police force’s unfair treatment of gay and lesbian residents, among other civil rights issues. Today, the festival is a celebration of LGBT pride and unity in the larger Colorado community.
Some of the state’s best-known Democrats marched in this morning’s parade, including Gov. Hickenlooper, U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette and U.S. Sen. Mark Udall.
June may turn out to be a pivotal month for gay rights, with decisions on same-sex marriage expected soon from the Denver-based 10th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals.
The Independent’s video-coverage of PrideFest 2014 right here: