by Kristin Curtis
The Second Annual Northern Colorado Pride Festival will take place July 21-24, 2016 and will feature eight events throughout the weekend. In their second year as a nonprofit, Northern Colorado Pride creates safe spaces for the LGBTQ community through outreach programs, monthly events, and diversity trainings throughout Northern Colorado. In an effort to create a festival that harnesses the same excitement of the Denver celebration while maintaining a unique, small-town feel, Northern Colorado Pride Festival will highlight beer, bands, and a little bit of something for everyone. “The LGBTQ community is a true intersection of all of the other communities; there are LGBTQ people in every sect of the world. We don’t really market to one genre,” says Kimberly Chambers NoCo Pride founder.
In addition to featuring local beer at the large celebration at Civic Center Park this year,
the festival will also showcase support from community allies and corporate sponsors. The focus of this year is “bringing in the bigger community piece where it’s not just this little queer community, where it’s really stretching out and holding hands with major community partners,” says Kimberly. This concept could not come at a better time as the importance of bringing communities together in times of crisis is still so fresh in our minds. After the tragedy in Orlando in June, it is essential for positive visibility, support, and continuing education to pull the community together.
Following the Open Mic Night on Thursday, July 21, at 6 pm at Metropolitan Community Church, the Equality Ball will take place on Friday, June 22, at a location still to be determined. This event is specifically designed for adults who are looking for a prom experience that they have not been able to enjoy as their true selves. “We really want to cater to individuals who couldn’t take their preferred partner to their prom”, Kimberly says.
Pride OUTside is the large event taking place at Civic Center Park on Saturday, June 23, from 10am until 9 pm. Booths featuring community allies and organizations providing education, support, and resources will line the perimeter of the park in addition to fun booths such as face painting and local beer vendors. “We don’t
want to be a music festival or a beer festival, we just want to combine pieces of those to have a good time,” Kimberly says. All of the vendors at this year’s Northern Colorado Pride Festival must sign an agreement that states they will be LGBTQ inclusive. The event will be family friendly, complete with a Teen Zone sponsored by the Colorado State University GLBTQQA Resource Center. Following Pride OUTside, a large drag show will be taking place at R Bar at 9pm. New to this year’s lineup is a motorcycle Poker Run Fundraiser beginning at 11 am at Metropolitan Community Church.
While the Northern Colorado Pride Festival is a fun weekend to participate in, Northern Colorado Pride is resource that exists year round, providing support for the LGBTQ community and allies in many ways. Kimberly says, “We really make it inclusive for families, for youth, and for seniors. We fly rainbow flags year-round.”
Key sponsors of the Northern Colorado Pride Festival include Hewlett Packard Enterprises, Hewlett Packard, Scene Magazine, and Colorado State University.
List of Events
Thursday, July 21: Open Mic Night 6pm at Metropolitan Community Church
Friday, July 22: Youth Rainbow Dance, Ages 12-18, 9pm-11pm, Metropolitan Community Church
Equality Ball, Adult Prom, 8pm, Location TBD
Dance Party, Local GLBTQ DJS, 9pm, R Bar and Whiskey
Saturday July 23: Pride OUTside, 10am-9pm, Civic Center Park
Night Show Fundraiser (Drag Show), R Bar, 9 pm, $5 entry
Sunday July 24: Sunday Celebration, 9 am, Metropolitan Community Church
Poker Run Fundraiser, 11am, Beginning at Metropolitan Community Church
Pride Festival Sponsor: Infinite Wellness
Infinite Wellness, located in Fort Collins, is a first year sponsor of the Northern Colorado Pride Festival and will supply the 21+ wristbands for the event, as well as lend their expertise for the age verification check in; the staff of Infinite Wellness is well trained and experienced in this area, as they are required to do this type of check every day in their store. They will utilize the ID Triple Check System that they have implemented in their operation, a commitment they value as a responsible vendor, in addition to the work they do with RAR and customer education. The staff will manage two ID check stations instead of holding a booth in order to best serve attendees and work directly with those already consuming recreational products. In addition, this will place the team away from exposure to underage patrons. The 21+ wristbands will have a redemption offer redeemable in the days following the event.
Marketing Director for Infinite Wellness, Max Poling, commented, “We see this as an excellent opportunity to connect with our target demographic local to Northern Colorado. We have been looking for a way to give back to the community that is more visible, as few charities that we work with are willing to publicly announce our support due to ties to conservative donors or federal funding. In addition, the Pride Festival serves as a meeting point for anyone in an open and accepting community, something we see as a core value to our business. We foster a workplace that is a safe and open environment and seek to foster those beliefs in our own community. We believe in the rights of individuals to lead their own life as they see fit.”
Infinite Wellness Center is the #1 Dispensary in the State of Colorado for the last eight months running on the Leafly List. The company offers the largest selection of flower concentrates and edibles in Northern Colorado and 16 registers from which to serve customers. The company offers new house line of concentrates, Flux by Infinite, which is vertically integrated to allow complete quality control from start to finish – making for the best BHO in the 970. Flower is priced very differently, based on a tier structure of availability, not quality, to ensure supply for those seeking a particular strain and provide the best value. Additionally, Infinite Wellness accepts credit card transactions, features an acre of discreet parking off College Avenue, and offers rewards programs.
July happenings include the launch of online pre-ordering for expedited pickup, expanded lobby with a permanent customer education corner, paperless tablet menus at every terminal, recreational rewards program, and manager’s specials on select strains as low as $180 OZ, which is less than the company’s medical discount price.
Location: 900 N. College Ave, Fort Collins, CO
Phone: (970) 484-8380