Summer in Colorado is glorious. From long days of sunshine, blossoming gardens, and outdoor adventures to community fairs and festivals, neighborhoods throughout the state are humming with activity. This June, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science kicked off the season by celebrating community at Denver PrideFest.
Our staff affinity group, titled the LGBTQ-Rexes and Allysauruses, invited Museum staff and volunteers to march together in this year’s Pride Parade. The Museum has participated in Denver PrideFest celebrations in different ways over the years, but this June was our first time representing the Museum in the parade. With a DMNS banner leading our group, Museum staff, volunteers, and their family and friends joined the colorful wave of marchers from Cheesman Park down Colfax. Our outreach van, decked in stegosaurus plates, drove alongside the team while one staff member rocked an inflatable T-Rex costume to proudly announce the Museum’s presence. Dressed in our colorful dino T-shirts, a T-Rex skeleton on a rainbow background, we handed out airplane gliders and temporary tattoos to the cheering crowd as we made our way to Civic Center Park to meet up with colleagues at our booth in the family interactive area.
The Museum has been an in-kind sponsor of Denver PrideFest for the last several years and this summer we made our family booth more interactive than ever. Families and Pride-goers of all ages joined Museum staff to make their own bubble wands in our bubble bonanza area, figured out which skull belonged to which Colorado mammal in our animal section, and tested their taste buds at our genetics of taste table. We heard feedback from festival attendees that people were thrilled to see the Museum marching and celebrating alongside the community. The Museum LGBTQ Core Team continues to find opportunities for the Museum to stay engaged and involved with the community. We’re excited to join more community fun across Colorado throughout the summer.