As summer comes to an end, and the faint sounds of PRIDE festivals fade into sunsets across the
country; SCEA reflects upon our own, very successful Pueblo PRIDE 2011.
Like a fine wine, Pueblo PRIDE is getting better every year. Increased participation by both attendees and vendors, as well as the largest parade to date, helped to make Pueblo PRIDE 2011 a memorable event. News coverage of Pueblo PRIDE included local print and television and a story featured in the statewide paper The Denver Post.
The LGBTQ community, our straight allies and the Pueblo community (those who didn’t close down the pre PRIDE party/fundraiser for SCEA held at the Pirate’s Cove the night before) were treated to a day full of activities beginning with a march and a parade, a marade. Immediately following the marade, participants and festival goers were able to browse, shop, eat and collect free handouts from more than 30 vendors. Nearby, celebrants enjoyed the beautiful day with family and friends, either on free boat rides or on the lawn, listening to guest speakers and a broad spectrum of entertainment.
The outdoor festivities came to an end, and nearly 100 individuals joined us to cool off at the Pueblo Library for a screening of La Mision, a coming out story in the Latino community, as portrayed by actor Benjamin Bratt. Pizza and ice cream were available to for all, but many chose to save room for food as they were headed to the next event held at the Gold Dust Saloon which has donated their space free for the past 3 years. At the Gold Dust, a sold out crowd was treated to a performance by the amazing Gypsy House Players and their variety show. Guests were privy to some true talent here in Southern Colorado.
The last stop of the evening was at the official after party, held at the Downtown Bar. The amazing Fingers of the Sun had everyone dancing, despite sunburns and sore feet, into the wee hours of the morning, with everyone ending their night with a huge feeling of Pueblo PRIDE.
The Board members of SCEA appreciate the feedback received at our booth this year, and look forward
to discussing the many ideas suggested to us, especially on ways to improve our Pueblo Pride. Together,
fresh faces and seasoned veterans of the LBGTQ community of Southern Colorado will continue to
make Pueblo PRIDE an event to remember. Protest free, produced 100% by a group of volunteers, and
supported in proclamation by both the city and county of Pueblo, Pueblo PRIDE will continue to flourish.
SCEA reminds that you though floats and festivals are fun, Pride is and should be celebrated every day.
We would like to thank the following for helping us to make Pueblo Pride 2011 such a huge success
Southern Colorado Equality Alliance
PO Box 1602
Pueblo, CO 81002
City leaders were also on hand and signed a proclamation making Saturday Gay Pride day in Pueblo
Pueblo's Gay Pride Day and festival will begin with a march Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at the city's Union Depot.
About 2,000 people are expected to proceed from the festival site to Lake Elizabeth on Victoria Avenue on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo.
There, City Councilman Steve Nawrocki is scheduled to present a joint proclamation from the council and Pueblo County Commission honoring the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, organizers said.
Live entertainment, including a drag show, will happen from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with nearly 30 vendors and organizations at this year's festival.
From 4 to 6 p.m., a movie and live comedy performances will happen in the InfoZone News Museum.
The celebration is put on by the Southern Colorado Equality Alliance.
"We are honored to live in a city where the perspective of the LGBTQ community is valued and appreciated," SCEA vice president Daneya Esgar, said in a media release.
"Unfortunately the same cannot be said for our neighbors to the north. The ease by which we secured this proclamation is evidence that Pueblo's elected leaders promote understanding and awareness."
A boisterous crowd turned out for the annual Pueblo Pridefest Saturday in Downtown.
In its sixth year, the annual LGBTQ celebration of lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender and questioning people is growing in numbers and in spirit.
People shouted "Happy pride day!" and "Pueblo Pride" as they paraded down Victoria Avenue to the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, where booths and events were available throughout the day.
"It's such a heartfelt, spirited event. You could just feel the energy," said Daneya Esgar of the Southern Colorado Equality Alliance. "You could feel people were proud to be here and be who they are. They could stand up and say 'This is who I am.' ”
While the event was to recognize the gay/lesbian community of Pueblo, folks from out of town attended, as well, including some from Colorado Springs, which is known for being anti-gay.
"It's not for me to say what other communities should do (but) I'm proud to live in Pueblo and unlike Colorado Springs up the road, as a member of City Council, we're proud to have you here," Councilman Steve Nawrocki told the cheering crowd.
Nawrocki read a proclamation calling Sunday gay pride day in Pueblo.