Do's and Dont's to my first Pride Parade!

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    Jun 20, 2014 9:23 PM GMT
    I know RJ seems to mostly be against gay pride parades, and I understand your points. But I have the opportunity to go to my very first one coming up soon and I'm very excited. It just seems like a really fun event and I'm taking it for what it is. I'm not planning on getting laid, going naked (not yet), or doing anything promiscuous, but my goal is to simply meet new people, form new connections, and try something new!

    So, all that aside, what are some things I can do at a gay pride parade to make it more enjoyable? What can I expect? It's not a large one like NYC or other places, but it still has people from Nashville and other surrounding areas coming!

    P.S. I have a new profile picture icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 20, 2014 9:45 PM GMT
    Do they have Dykes on Bikes?
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    Jun 20, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
    You're overdressed in your new pic.

    At your first pride:
    Go with friends if you can, someone to talk about what's happening, go get drinks or even be designated driver is priceless
    Dress weather appropriate, you're going to be on your feet for a couple of hours, wear stuff that's comfortable the whole day. It kills the fun if you have to schlepp around heavy motorcycle clothing, or the shoes/pants rub you raw.
    Dress in stuff you feel good and sexy in
    Bring a hat, plenty of sunscreen, maybe a small backpack for your stuff
    If there is a festival grounds, go there, usually there is a show that can be lots of fun ( with sometimes very boring parts in between ), also, wander among the booths for all the different organizations exhibiting. Maybe you find something/someone you're interested in.
    Be careful with money/credit cards, often big crowds attract pick-pockets.
    Don't engage with protesters (these aren't people you can convince)
    Drink lots of water, be careful with alcohol (I know I don't have to warn you about drugs)
    Be ready to celebrate and have lots of fun
    Take pics and post them on here.
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    Jun 20, 2014 10:48 PM GMT
    1) sunscreen
    2) water
    3) at least one friend - and if you didn't bring one with, chat someone up - pride is a shared experience
    4) don't worry about posing and picking the right outfit - there will be lots of narcissists doing that - just be ready to take off your shirt ;)
    5) comfy shoes
    6) your charming personality
    7) your desire to swing those hips (and you can read into that whatever you want, I was originally thinking of dancing, but hey, you're a hot guy - go for it)

    PS: leave your phone in your pocket and chat with the dykes and gays instead - you'll be glad you did
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    Jun 20, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    BTW: my profile pic is me getting into position as the lead in last year's Montreal Pride parade icon_cool.gif
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    Jun 20, 2014 10:54 PM GMT
    Most of the ABCs were covered supra. I'll add: even if you don't plan on having sex, bring condoms/lube; bring a fit-in-your-pocket lightweight bag to carry the freebies; and have fun.
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    Jun 20, 2014 11:14 PM GMT
    Thank you guys so much for the awesome advice! I loves you all! Gonna post pics on this thread after icon_smile.gif
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
    Never been to one.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:57 AM GMT
    Do have lots of fun.

    Don't get arrested.
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    Jun 21, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    WEAR SUNSCREEN !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have no fears or expectations.

    Just walk around and take it all in.
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    Jun 21, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
    Webster666 saidWEAR SUNSCREEN !!!!!!!!!!!!

    Have no fears or expectations.

    Just walk around and take it all in.

    Amen... and most of all, HAVE FUN!
    I still love going.
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    Jun 21, 2014 3:23 AM GMT
    owl_bundy saidwhat prides you guys went to where you had to prepare for sex?

    Pride is more than just the parade. There are booths, parties, club events, and shows associated w/ Pride. It is possible to meet guys at these events who strike your fancy, and you theirs.
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    Jun 21, 2014 6:37 AM GMT
    tailgater_3 said I'll add: even if you don't plan on having sex, bring condoms/lube

    If you can't get free condoms at a Gay Pride Parade, you're in the wrong city!!! icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 21, 2014 7:28 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidYou're overdressed in your new pic.

    At your first pride:
    Go with friends if you can, someone to talk about what's happening, go get drinks or even be designated driver is priceless
    Dress weather appropriate, you're going to be on your feet for a couple of hours, wear stuff that's comfortable the whole day. It kills the fun if you have to schlepp around heavy motorcycle clothing, or the shoes/pants rub you raw.
    Dress in stuff you feel good and sexy in
    Bring a hat, plenty of sunscreen, maybe a small backpack for your stuff
    If there is a festival grounds, go there, usually there is a show that can be lots of fun ( with sometimes very boring parts in between ), also, wander among the booths for all the different organizations exhibiting. Maybe you find something/someone you're interested in.
    Be careful with money/credit cards, often big crowds attract pick-pockets.
    Don't engage with protesters (these aren't people you can convince)
    Drink lots of water, be careful with alcohol (I know I don't have to warn you about drugs)
    Be ready to celebrate and have lots of fun
    Take pics and post them on here.


    All of this, Josh.
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    Jun 21, 2014 8:08 AM GMT
    Nice new photo of you -- and have fun at Pride. My only advice would be to be yourself. Pride is about diversity within the queer community as well as within society as a whole. But my guess is that you're already a guy who is very comfortable in his own skin.
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    Jun 21, 2014 10:57 AM GMT
    RPearson said
    tailgater_3 said I'll add: even if you don't plan on having sex, bring condoms/lube
    If you can't get free condoms at a Gay Pride Parade, you're in the wrong city!!! icon_lol.gif

    I'm of the school "never leave home without them." Using condoms consistently and correctly is a strong first-line defense against STIs. Yet most likely free condoms will be available, thus the reason I suggested a pocket bag to fit the freebies. haha
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    Jun 21, 2014 12:21 PM GMT
    Webster666 said
    Just walk around and take it all in.


    Hmm, well maybe not all of it.
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:29 PM GMT
    Ex_Mil8 said
    Webster666 said
    Just walk around and take it all in.


    Hmm, well maybe not all of it.

    If he can, who are you to stop him icon_mad.gificon_mad.gif
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    Jun 21, 2014 1:32 PM GMT
    Do: have fun. Don't: not have fun.

    Pride has changed a lot from when I was young, but the very best thing about it is that for the day, your world is gay. You belong. Everything else is gravy.

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    Jun 21, 2014 1:43 PM GMT
    Pride is the last place to practice unsafe sex, even if the hottest guy wants to fuck with you. I don't know how is it in USA, but I see too many guys fucking without condoms during the pride. Everyone is horny, and just want to have some dick/ass. Be safe and have fun!
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:02 PM GMT
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    Well, finding the right pair of jeans is crucial to being accepted at one of these parades.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:13 PM GMT
    JumpMan_Josh said
    So, all that aside, what are some things I can do at a gay pride parade to make it more enjoyable? What can I expect? It's not a large one like NYC or other places, but it still has people from Nashville and other surrounding areas coming!

    Where is this Pride? Most of the small ones are pretty tame, to the point of being TOO small & uninteresting. It's only mostly the big city ones that get raunchy. Your fears may be groundless.

    And you don't have to wear a "costume", many guys don't. In fact at today's Pride I'm attending most people will be wearing everyday summer clothes, despite our being in "Gay Central" for South Florida, Fort Lauderdale/Wilton Manors.

    Today will be around my 14th or 15th Pride Fest & Parade. And one of 2 or 3 times I won't be in the Parade and staffing a booth myself, sometimes for 2 full days. So I have a fair amount of experience with them.

    The previous advice above is great, mostly practical matters of dealing with being outdoors all day, same as with any outdoor festival or event. Think of it almost like hiking all day, although don't overpack. I'll add:

    - Check the weather forecast. If a good probability of rain bring a small folding umbrella for your backpack or shoulder bag, or some rain gear. That's what I'm doing today, we expect some T-storms.
    - Wear sunglasses.
    - Bring a camera if your smartphone camera isn't high enough quality. But keep it secure, as with all your possessions. Wallet and money in front pockets.
    - Bring some cash, besides your bank card, but not too much. Some food & drink vendors may take only cash, and other merchants. Plus cash makes things easier when the beer tent is packed. Although some festivals use a ticket system, where you buy tickets from a booth. That's all the food & drink vendors will accept, which helps the lines move quicker. But still bring singles for the tip jars.
    - Parking may cost, so have money ready if you drive, $5-10 in some lots.
    - Drink lots of water, in addition to any alcohol. Some exhibitors will give bottled water away free, but if you have to pay it'll be at pricey event rates. Maybe bring along at least a "starter" bottle of your own.
    - Bring your own small snack item, like an energy bar, if you don't wanna buy $7.00 hot dogs.
    - Make a written list of all this, so you're all set the day before.
    - Don't worry if you don't get it perfect your first year. Hopefully you'll like it enough to return next year with more experience.
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    Jun 21, 2014 2:41 PM GMT
    -Think you're going to be disappointed.
    All the woo-ha about it here has likely over sold it; like Art said, most pride parades are boring and over before you know it.
    By the time you find parking and get down to the route you'll see a couple motor bikes go by and some local politician on the back of a 57 convertible Chevy.
    While fight traffic back, you'll ask yourself how this parade was any different than any other.
    The last one I went to in Dallas had hardly anyone there--it rained, but still I wished I'd spent the day on the lake.
  • mizu5

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    Jun 21, 2014 2:58 PM GMT
    Have fuun! Pride parades/street parties are great.

    Not everyone likes crowds, and dancing, and music, and streetfood, and liquor. If you do though pride is a good place to be.

    Say hi to someone you never normally would, and if he doesn't want to chat, do it again. The best part is everyone mood is so high, and so many people are not form there. Everyone wants to make friends.

    On another note, I should learn to take my own advice.
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    Jun 21, 2014 3:07 PM GMT
    dustin_K_tx said
    ...you'll see a couple motor bikes go by and some local politician on the back of a 57 convertible Chevy.

    LMAO! We will definitely have those today. Instead of Dykes on Bikes (with whom I've been allowed to ride, BTW), here we have the male Stonewall Knights motorcycle club leading the parade.

    Also half the area politicians will want to be in the parade. Down here it's a vote-getter to be gay-friendly, if not actually a gay politician yourself, of which we have many.

    Don't know if we'll see Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz this year, Chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), but she marches most years when she can get away from Washington. In a Red State like Florida she's the biggest "name" we can expect, otherwise it's all county & city pols.

    We have dozens of local gay clubs & bars, and some of them will have floats. But they'll be pretty mild, too. The most racy might be from the "Boardwalk", with some bikini bois. But you can see the same thing every day down on public Sebastian Beach in Fort Lauderdale, wearing the same swimsuits. Hardly scandalous.

    Plus a few drag queens on floats, most of whom shouldn't be seen under strong sunlight, better suited for dim indoor club lighting. The weird "Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence" will swish up and down the street during the festival, and a few other drag queens and guys in silly makeup will make personal appearances.

    And the damn thing is our local media will only take photos of them, not the majority of Pride attendees, pushing their baby carriages and looking for all the world like a scene from a Middle America 4th of July event. And the outrageous queens will get all the TV time and newspaper space, why those attention whores come to Pride, I'm sure, and that's how the general public will think of our Pride, like that's how we all dress & behave. Very discouraging.