Are you an LGBT+ person who is ready for your day to show off your rainbow stripes with pride, or an ally who is equally proud to support the community? Then here are a few hot tips everyone should know! Particularly for NYC Pride Parade, one of the largest in the world!
1. Know the Route.
And I mean REALLY know it! Regardless of which city you attend Pride for, be familiar with a map of the parade route. This is important if you are planning to meet up with friends. The streets of which the parade commences are blocked off from crossing for cities with the largest Pride parades. You may want to consider meeting with friends before the parade starts, or plan where you will cross. This can save you miles of walking, or missing the parade because you couldn’t find your friends.
2. Save the heels for the Pros!
I KNOW that you want to look head-to-toe fabulous for your first parade. However, keep in mind that these parades last typically over six hours. While the fabulous Drag Queens marching in the parade have access to rest and water stations, this is not provided for spectators. Therefore, leave the heels at home. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, and you don’t want to remember your first parade being uncomfortable or having nasty blisters for days!
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3. Claim a spot near a public restroom, and guard it with your life!
SERIOUSLY. As stated before, this parade goes on for over six hours. That means you will have to go at some point. For NYC Pride 2017, my friends and I were able to find a spot to watch the parade right in front of a marketplace. We were able to access a public restroom with plenty of stalls, and refilled our water bottles from the sink to stay hydrated. We did not move so as not to lose our spot. I learned this lesson from NYC Pride 2016 where I did not find a spot near a restroom, and it was not fun once I had to go!
4. Dress in cool, breathable clothes, and stay hydrated!
Leave the wooly, rainbow sweater at home and opt for a tank top (don’t forget to wear sunscreen!) Also, once you claim a spot as suggested for tip no. 3, drink up! It’s a long, hot day, and you don’t want to have it ruined by passing out!
5. Have FUN!
Everything aside, if you plan properly and prepare yourself to endure the obstacles, Pride is amazing! Seriously! It is a fulfilling, life-changing experience, and you will never regret going. So decorate yourself in rainbow gear, and get ready to go to your first Pride parade!