June 10, 2012
This summer make sure you get down to at least one of the LGBT pride events in your area, or even somewhere further afield. This guide gives you all the tips needed to ensure your pride is as successful as you want it to be.
1) Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
If you’re travelling to a new city or even simply going to your local pride, preparation can be key to a wonderful day. Travelling far? Make sure you’ve booked train/coach tickets and sorted out a hotel if you need it. Nothing is worse than turning up thinking you’ve booked a hotel, only to find you haven’t and the rest are either overpriced or fully booked.
Check the weather forecast, if the forcast says sun and heat, don’t wear your thermals and a fur coat. If the weather says cold and rain, don’t turn up in your hotpants.
2) Don’t get too drunk
For many, pride is a time to remember, one to enjoy, so why you’d want to get drunk beyond belief and run the risk of not remembering it all, is beyond me. Being too drunk at a pride (or any) event can not only have adverse effects on you, but on the people you’re with too. Noone wants to spend their pride holding a friends head over a toilet seat so they can be sick. Noone wants to waste their day nursing the one who had one-beer-too-many when they, themselves could be out having fun. By all means, have a drink, but don’t go overboard.
3) Don’t waste the opportunity and try new things.
Maybe this is your first pride event, or maybe you’re a longstanding member. Regardless of the position you take, be sure to see and do as much as you can at pride. So much work and preparation has been done to give you an amazing day and it can be. Whether you go and see a cabaret, a drag act or simply watch the parade, don’t leave without doing something that you’d like to do. Nothing worse than leaving a pride day and saying “I wish I had……..”.
- If you plan on seeing the parade, get there early.
- If you’re taking young children, keep them away from the crowds, pride events are normally very busy and children’s safety must come first.
- Have a meeting place for big groups in case you happen to lose one another.
Do you have any more tips for our lesbilicious readers?
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