Team DPS Participates in Denver Pride Weekend

School’s out, but that didn’t stop over 100 DPS team members from marching in the Denver Pride parade this past weekend. This year’s festival marked the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots in 1969 and set records in Denver– with more than 250 groups marching in the parade and over 425,000 people in attendance.

Team DPS at Denver Pride

Marching down Colfax in the Denver Pride parade.

This was the third year that DPS walked in the parade and this time, we brought a bus. Those not able to make the 1.5-mile walk in the summer heat were able to join Team DPS in the parade by riding along in a bus provided by our Family and Community Engagement team.

Team DPS at Pride.

Team members were given the opportunity to hop on the bus during the parade thanks to the Family and Community Engagement team.

In addition to the families, students and staff that marched in the Pride Parade along with Superintendent Susana Cordova, DPS also hosted a booth in PrideFest’s Youth Alley, where DPS volunteers had a chance to engage with community members and share the different resources and supports that DPS offers to our LGBTQ+ community.

DPS volunteers at the Youth Alley booth.

DPS volunteers at the Youth Alley booth.

We are grateful to our LGBTQ+ Belong Group members who continue to be strong partners in the work of ensuring that all students, educators and staff member feel supported and celebrated for who they are. Pride weekend serves as an important reminder that all of us — families, educators, and fellow students — can play a role in setting an example of love, respect and dignity for our LGBTQ+ community.

Team DPS and Board of Education members on the Capitol steps.