One of the great things about Denver, Colo. is the diversity you will find here. You will find various types of people with interest in various types of ... oh, say, cars (this is the Classic Car Examiner page after all!). Part of being a diverse city is supporting others and one of most fun summer examples of that is the PrideFest parade that cruises down Colfax Avenue every June.
This year the parade is special for two reasons: 1) It is Father's Day, 2) The Center and parade sponsors are honoring veterans in this year's parade. As part of that the Sunday Afternoon Car Klub, the Lambda Club International Denver Region Chapter, is driving the veterans in their wide and diverse array of classic and modern cars. If you haven't heard of the Sunday Afternoon Car Klub then hold onto your hats because more information about the parade and the club are coming your way.
The Sunday Afternoon Car Klub, affectionately referred to as S.A.C.K., has been a part of the Denver LGBT community for decades and provides a fun and enjoyable atmosphere for LGBT individuals and supports (yes, that means you don't have to identify as one of the letters in LGBT -- Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgendered) to enjoy everything about the automotive hobby.
Commonly, the club is asked what car restrictions there are and the answer is none! The club appreciates a wide variety from new BMW roadsters to classic Cadillacs and Buicks to 1930s Model A's. In the end it is the fellowship and enjoyment of the car hobby that drives the group. As an LGBT supporting club they tend to do benefits for Project Angel Heart and The Center. This Sunday is no exception, and the club will be showcasing a '30 Model A, '72 Cadillac Eldorado Convertible, Rolls Royce, '69 Camaro, '10 Camaro, '06 Dodge Ram 2500 and more. Expect to see close to 20 cars from the club if you come down to watch the parade.
Speaking of the parade, the route starts at Cheesman Park and follows Franklin to Colfax where it hangs a left (West) and proceeds to Civic Center Park. The step-off time is precisely 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 19. It looks like it is going to be warm this year, so make sure you grab your sunscreen, shades and water!
The parade's official name is CoorsLight PrideFest Parade and the grand marshals this year are representatives of Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN). SLDN is a non-partisan, non-profit legal services, watchdog and policy organization dedicated to ending discrimination against and harassment of military personnel affected by "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT). The group works to end DADT, to ensure parity for LGBT service members, and to provide free, confidential legal services to all those impacted by DADT and related discrimination. Since 1993, SLDN's in-house legal team has responded to more than 10,000 requests for assistance. Be sure to look for the grand marshals in one of the club member cars parading down Colfax Avenue!
For more information on the PrideFest 2011 activities, click here.