Jennifer Panchi |Goodwill NYNJ Staff
June is Pride Month! It’s 2018 and being proud of who you are isn’t something you should be ashamed. Get out there and embrace who you are by celebrating all month long (and always). One of the biggest celebrations is Pride Parade; many cities around the world host their own parade. Pride Parade is not just a colorful parade, it’s more than that. It’s a celebration of human rights, a civilized protest about the LGBTQ+ community and their everyday struggles, a remembrance of those who lost their lives fighting to love who they want to love. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a veteran here are the Do’s and Don’ts of Pride Parade:
Sunburns suck and Pride Parade is in the middle of June, so that means it’s summer! So please don’t forget to apply SPF.
Forgetting to drink water any other day is acceptable but not when you’re in the middle of thousands of people. Especially if you’re under the sun staying hydrated is essential. Plus you wouldn’t want to lose your front row spot by going out to buy water.
- Sunglasses/ Hat
Not only do you need SPF to protect you from the sun but wearing a hat and/or sunglasses will come in handy (thank me later).
- Comfortable Shoes
Unless you want to end up with blisters, please wear comfy shoes, preferably close toe shoes, we wouldn’t want anyone to step on our feet.
- A backpack
You need something to carry all your things right? So do me a favor and please leave your LV at home and bring a mini backpack/crossbody bag or if you want to be trendy a fanipack.
- Pride Accessories
bring them all! Bring all your colorful accessories and dress for the occasion.
- Go with friends
Everything is better with friends, so grab your closest pals and hit the parade.
- Go Early!
Ensure a right spot and leave your house early. You wouldn’t want to get stuck standing behind a 6′ ft tall person when you know your only 5’4″ and risk a chance of completely missing out on parade.
- If you have nothing nice to say, then please stay quite
I don’t even need to say this, but if you’re not there to celebrate and/or support the LBGTQ+ community, then you shouldn’t be there at all. So for one day (or forever), please keep your opinions to yourself.
- Moment of Silence
It’s a moment of silence for a reason. Please be respectful and for one minute avoid using your phone and talking to others. Just remember the many lives that were lost to celebrate this moment.
- No Side Eyes
Everyone is unique, and at the pride parade, you will see many amazing and diverse souls, so if someone looks different from you, please smile, no need, side-eyeing, its a day of love, not hatred.