Wednesday, May 24, 2023

Pikes Peak Pride 2023: Celebrating Unity, Resilience, and Heroes Among Us

Pikes Peak Pride 2023 will gather thousands of visitors from across the state and the Pikes Peak Region in downtown Colorado Springs. Over the course of two full days, attendees can expect a vibrant array of vendor booths, food trucks, a beer garden, and electrifying entertainment. The highlight of the celebration will be a captivating parade on Sunday, showcasing the spirit and diversity of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities of Colorado.

This year, Pikes Peak Pride holds a special significance as it serves as a commemoration and celebration of the lives lost in the tragic shooting at Club Q on November 19, 2022. It is an opportunity for the community to come together and honor the memory of our fallen friends while reflecting on what it means to be LGBTQIA+ in southern Colorado. The event symbolizes our unity and resilience, demonstrating to the world the unwavering power of Pride.

During the Pride parade on Sunday, one extraordinary individual will lead the procession as the Grand Marshal—Rich Fierro, a local hero and an inspiration to the community. Rich, a decorated Veteran with three combat tours and the co-owner of Atrevida Beer Co. alongside his wife Jessica, was present at Club Q during the tragic incident. He courageously helped subdue the gunman using the shooter's own weapon. In recognition of his bravery, Rich was recently honored with the 2023 Congressional Medal of Honor Society's Citizen Honors Valor Award.

Beyond the festivities, Pikes Peak Pride 2023 holds a deeper purpose—to raise awareness and remind the world of the existence and accomplishments of LGBTQ+ Coloradans. It serves as a powerful reminder that despite the challenges we face, our community stands united and determined to create a more inclusive and accepting society.

So, mark your calendars and invite your friends to join you at Pikes Peak Pride 2023. Let's make this year's event a resounding celebration of love, acceptance, and diversity. Together, we can show the world that our Pride knows no bounds and that our voices will be heard.