Pride Month: 5 things you should know before going to your very first Pride event

Happy Pride Month! Attending a Pride for the first time this year can be as intimidating as it can be exciting at times. Here’s everything you need to know to make the experience fun, memorable and safe

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Attending your first Pride? Here is a guide for you

It’s June, which of course means it’s time for Pride.

With several special events and parties, Pride is a pretty big deal for the LGBTQ+ community.

While it’s all about having tons of fun and coming together as a community, Pride Month also has a rich history, commemorating the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City.

As the beginning of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement, Pride, which took the form of demonstrations on the last Sunday in June, has grown into a month-long celebration.

If you’re attending your first Pride, here are some essential tips to help you enjoy yourself and stay safe.

Make Pride plans in advance

Planning ahead is important if you don’t want to miss the Pride events you’re most looking forward to

There is no shortage of Pride events across the country and around the world. But it is important that you research the different events and choose the ones you would most like to attend.

By researching and planning ahead, you can also keep an eye out for good deals on flights and hotels. You may even find that there are passes that allow you to enter multiple events at a great discount.

Pride parties sell out fast so having a plan or schedule is really important to make sure you don’t miss out on the events you’re looking forward to the most.

Pack accordingly

The whole point of Pride is to celebrate who you really are – so you’re completely free to wear what you want.

So don’t think too much about the choice of outfit. Pack everything that you like to wear and that you feel comfortable in. If you’d rather try something you’ve never worn before, then go for it!

There are no restrictions and you won’t be alone no matter how over the top or simple your attire is. But one thing you need to make sure you pack? Suncream!

Drinks are not compulsory

Pride is about letting go and having fun. And yes, that means there will be a lot of alcohol circulating. However, you don’t have to drink if you don’t want to.

There are many cities that have a selection of sober Pride events, so be sure to check them out and ask other community members for suggestions as well.

You won’t be the only person not drinking at Pride – and there will also be plenty of non-alcoholic options to ask for even at the drinks parties.

Participate alone or in a group

Pride is for everyone, so you can participate even if you’re not queer



Attending parties or events with a group of friends or familiar faces is always more fun. Pride is no different!

You will most likely meet new people while at Pride, but it never hurts to go with someone you already know and want to share the experience with.

However, it is just as good to participate alone if you prefer. Don’t worry just because you don’t have anyone to attend the events with. You’ll probably make friends while you’re there.

Pride is for everyone

If you’re not queer and you’re worried that you shouldn’t be at Pride, get that thought out of your head right now! Queer or not, Pride is for everyone and a chance to celebrate not just your gender and sexuality, but who you are.

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