Pride is a wonderful time to celebrate all of the wonderfulness that is you! You can wear whatever or what little you want to. You can dance away all of your bad breakups, hateful slurs, and the mournful loss of your favorite hat at Hydrate. However, this is not solely your party. The point of Pride is to come together as a unit, not a violent Big Bang of Bawdiness. Be aware of your surroundings to avoid plowing over someone who may not be as outgoing. Be polite. There are a lot of communities being represented that are often divided. Take a moment to start a conversation with someone who may belong to a group you don’t normally interact with or know much about. DO NOT make snarky comments to your buddies as they pass by. There is far too much hate from outside sources toward the LGBTQ(etc) community to foster hate within.
If you are an ally, don’t use Pride as a sideshow event to bring your friends to see “How insane/fun/weird/bizarre/exciting” all of your “other” friends are. That does not make you an ally, it makes you an enabler. Pride can be an invaluable way to start a dialogue and inform unfamiliar folk about a rich lifestyle! Side note: PEOPLE BRING THEIR CHILDREN TO PRIDE! Please don’t inspire an Applebee’s incident by sloshing your Long Island into a stroller.