DENVER (CBS4) – Thousands made their way to Civic Center Park for the kickoff of Pride. The event serves as a weekend for members of the LGBTQ community to come together to celebrate.

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Denver Pride started with a 5k run. Those who signed up paid an entry fee which goes to “The Center” on Colfax Avenue which helps the LGBTQ community.

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More than $50,000 was raised.

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Events will also include a parade on Sunday. The route will start at Cheeseman Park at 9:30 a.m. and will travel north on Franklin Street, west on Colfax Avenue to the Civic Center Park. It will conclude with a Pride Rally on the west steps of the State Capitol building.

PHOTO GALLERY: Denver Pride Fest Weekend 2019

Gov. Jared Polis, the first openly gay governor in U.S. history, will be the grand marshal.

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