It may only be the beginning of 2023, but with Spring only a couple of months away, it won’t be long before we can again start enjoying Pride.
Preparing for Pride is a fun but essential process to help you have the best time this summer.
With Pride getting bigger every year and the increase in attendance numbers, we want to ensure that you stay safe and enjoy yourself. Whether you’re going to be attending your first ever Pride or you are an avid Pride goer, here are ten ways you can prepare for the event:
Research the event
Find out the location, date, and time of the event. It sounds 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!
It’s a good idea to check the schedule of any activities and special events that will be taking place, particularly the ones you’re interested in, to ensure you get the correct location or the best spot. You may also find that events you are unaware of are added, making your day even more memorable. Some Pride Events have information about previous occasions, so this research may 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.
Train strikes are happening more often, so you need a backup plan if trains are not running. Knowing how you’re getting home or returning to your accommodation is vital.
Downloading the app Citymapper may help. It will find you the easiest and cheapest route around new places and is completely free!
If you are travelling by air, consider the transfer to and from the airport and how this will fit into your plans for the day.
Take a look at our travel page to help you find the easiest and most affordable route to your Pride.
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! Many Pride events have a theme or dress code, so make sure you know what to wear.
If you do not have the funds to spend vast amounts on your outfit, don’t worry, you don’t have to! There are tons of affordable clothing websites, such as ASOS, you can use. Also, costume and charity shops are great for finding the accessories you need to complete your outfit.
Pride events usually happen in the height of summer, and you will be outside for most of the day. Make sure you bring enough water to last the entire event, as this will be cheaper and on hand. If you are drinking alcohol, it is imperative that you stay hydrated and don’t overdo it so you can fully enjoy the experience and stay safe.
Sunscreen is a must, even if you’re trying to get 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. Make sure you are with a group of people, whether that is family or friends. Pride events can get really busy, and it’s easy to lose each other and get separated, so make a plan if this happens. It is a good idea to 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.
Remember that Pride events celebrate diversity and inclusivity, so be respectful of others and their right to express themselves. Treat others how you would like to be treated. If there are counter-protesters, stay out of your way and let law enforcement and organisers deal with it. We are all at Pride to feel safe and accepted.
Be prepared for the weather
Although most Pride events happen in the height of summer, you never know what the weather might do!
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 keep holding pride events. 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 whatever Pride event you attend this year. Celebrate diversity in the best way possible, and have a fantastic time doing it!
We would love to hear how you prepare for your Pride! Tweet us at @prideeventsuk