The Gay Pride Parade is one of the best events of the year. It’s so fantastic to see so many different people coming together for the same reason: to show their support of the LGBTQ+ community. Here’s some tips to ensure you make the most out of your experience!
Plan what you’re going to do in advance
The Gay Pride Parade can be overwhelming, as there’s so much going on. Between the different parties, bars, performances, and booths to visit, you’re going to have a lot on your plate. To make the most of your time and experience, you and whoever you’re going with should definitely check out all the events happening online first and make a list of the top ones you want to hit. This ensures that you’re not overwhelmed with options and that you get to experience and see as much as possible throughout the day!
Show your colours
The Gay Pride Parade is the perfect place to go all-out with your outfit. Whether you’re a shyer individual who isn’t super into expressing yourself through fashion or you’re someone who treats everyday like a fashion show, this is the chance for you to express yourself however you desire, free of judgment. The more colour, the better! The Gay Pride Parade is a place of acceptance and love, so don’t be afraid to wear whatever your heart so desires. Express yourself in whatever way you see fit, and get ready to see some amazingly create costumes from the rest of the community; Seeing everyone in their jaw-dropping outfits is one of the best parts.
Make sure to pack everything you need
The Gay Pride Parade usually makes for quite a long day. If you’re committing to doing the full day, you need to make sure to pack everything you need in order to avoid spending unnecessary money or being totally out of luck when you realize you don’t have something. You can probably think of some of the essentials: Water, food, sunscreen, perhaps some portable phone chargers, etc. You’ll also want to be sure to have your way there and home planned out before you go if it’s a far trip for you, it’s always better to be safe than sorry!
Give back to the community
The entire point of the Gay Pride Parade is to support and give back to the LGBTQ+ community, so make sure that you do that! There’s so many ways to do this: There’s lots of events to go to that actually give back to the community through monetary support or other manners, there are booths where the proceeds go to local charities/LGBTQ+ groups, and so many more options. Whether you’re an ally or a part of the community yourself, giving back is one of the most important aspects of the entire experience. However, this isn’t just important for the parade, but all year round!
Make sure to enjoy the parade the way that you want to
Sometimes it can feel like there’s some pressure on you to drink in order to be able to enjoy pride to the fullest. This isn’t necessarily the case! If you’re someone who chooses not to drink for whatever reason, you can still have a fantastic time. Just because you’ll be going to nightclubs and bars definitely doesn’t mean you have to drink; You can socialize with some amazing people and enjoy the music and atmosphere just as much without the alcohol! Make the most of the experience in whatever way you feel comfortable doing, there’s never any pressure to do anything out of your comfort zone.