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10 Ways To Prepare For Pride

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Preparing for Pride is both a fun and essential process to help you have the best time this summer.

With Pride events growing larger each year and attendance numbers increasing, we want to ensure you stay safe and enjoy yourself. Whether you’re attending your first Pride or are a seasoned attendee, here are ten ways to prepare for the event:

Research the Event

Find out the location, date, and time of the event. It may seem simple, but sometimes locations and times are subject to last-minute changes, so check your Pride’s official website or social media. You don’t want to miss out!

Check the schedule for activities and special events, especially those you’re interested in, to ensure you get to the right location and find the best spots. You may also discover additional events that could make your day even more memorable. Some Pride events provide information about previous occasions, so this research can help you get the most out of the event.

Plan Your Transportation

Consider how you will get to the event and make sure you have a plan in case of unexpected transportation disruptions.

With train strikes becoming more frequent, having a backup plan is crucial. Knowing how you’re getting home or returning to your accommodation is vital.

If you are travelling by air, consider your transfer to and from the airport and how this fits into your plans for the day.

Dress for the Occasion

Pride is all about looking fabulous! Plan your outfit in advance so you have everything you need to look like the most glamorous version of yourself.

Pride is about feeling confident and accepted, so go all out! Some Pride events have a theme or dress code, so make sure you know what to wear.

If you don’t have the funds to spend vast amounts on your outfit, don’t worry! There are many affordable clothing websites plus costume and charity shops are also great for finding the accessories you need to complete your outfit.

Pack Essentials

Pride events usually take place in the height of summer, and you will be outside for most of the day. Bring enough water to last the entire event, as this will be cheaper and readily available. If you are drinking alcohol, it’s imperative to stay hydrated and not overdo it so you can fully enjoy the experience and stay safe.

Sunscreen is a must, even if you’re aiming for a summer tan! Bring snacks, portable mobile phone chargers, and essential medical supplies such as EpiPens or insulin.

Be Aware of Safety

Safety is a priority. Ensure you are with a group of people, whether family or friends. Pride events can get very busy, and it’s easy to lose each other and get separated, so make a plan for this scenario. Familiarise yourself with the emergency exits and first aid stations.

If you require accessibility information, check the event’s website or contact them if you can’t find any details.

Be Respectful

Remember that Pride events celebrate diversity and inclusivity, so be respectful of others and their right to express themselves. Treat others as you would like to be treated. If there are counter-protesters, stay out of their way and let law enforcement and organisers handle the situation. We are all at Pride to feel safe and accepted.

Be Prepared for the Weather

Although most Pride events occur in the height of summer, the weather can be unpredictable!

Check the forecast and bring appropriate clothing. If rain is forecast, an umbrella, waterproof coat, and a spare jumper (in case you get cold) may be a good idea.

Support the Community

Many Pride events are organised by non-profit organisations and rely on donations from the community to continue. Consider donating or volunteering to support the LGBTQ+ community, or talk to the organisers to learn more about how these events are set up and funded. Without your support, Pride could not happen.

We hope you have a memorable and safe time at whichever Pride event you attend this year. Celebrate diversity in the best way possible and have a fantastic time doing it!