If you’re plans include the Houston LGBT Pride Celebration this weekend, you’re in for an incredible time among some great friends and the community. The parade, festival, show-stopping live performances, food, and parks are just a few reasons to celebrate downtown on Saturday. This will be the second year that Pride Houston will be in it’s new home of downtown. Last year’s attendance of nearly 800,000 attendees could be history, as the community gears up to maximize their presence and support for LGBT equality. It’s important to come prepared for such a large party!
Pride Week kicks into full gear tomorrow (Wednesday June 22 – Sunday June 26)
- Your Friends And Family.
Gather your friends, family, anyone that makes you smile, and bring them with you to the parade. Make your day magical by making beautiful memories that will last a million ‘proud’ lifetimes. Round up your proudest pals!
- Drink Plenty Of Water.
Not only will it be humid, it will be so damn hot. It will involve a lot of moving around. Maybe it will be dancing, yelling, screaming, waving, and walking to keep up with your favorite float. (Side effects of gay pride parades may include throwing your arms in the air, jumping up and down with excitement, and a sudden increase in energy). Either way, keep hydrated and keep your friends hydrated.
- Comfortable Shoes.
We all know those five-inch heels are gorgeous, they are rainbow, with glitter after all, but leave those for after the parade. Trust us, all the walking and standing you will be doing will leave you with some blisters or a broken heel. No one wants you to leave early because of sore feet.
- Bring The Flag.
On Saturday, break out your pink, blue, and white striped trans pride flag or your magenta, purple, and blue bisexual banner. Maybe you’re blazing black, gray, purple, and white for asexual pride or yellow, blue, and magenta for proud pansexuality. Know the color to go forth and be represented.
Don’t be shy. It’s our day to make a statement! FYI: If you do not have a flag, Hollywood Super Center has a great selection of many flags!
- A Tote Bag, Messenger Bag Or Backpack.
A good bag will help you carry all of your stuff to the parade and it will help you carry you’re free swag home. Please keep in mind; with the increase of police and security you might be required to have it available for searches upon entering the festival grounds. If you see any bags left unattended say something. Lets keep us all safe.
- Be You, Be Bold.
There is no time to be shy and it’s definitely not the time to be a loner. If you think someone is cute, go talk to them! Be intriguing. But do not forget Pride is about something deeper than the parties, glitter, and glitz. – The freedom to be yourself has not come free. Our pursuits of equality and freedom for all; has cost us. Keep that in mind while celebrating. Don’t hold back! Paint rainbows everywhere. Own the rainbow this weekend.
- Do Not Harass The Bisexuals.
Bisexuality really does exist. Bisexual people are not “free for the taking,” they’re no more or less promiscuous than anyone else, and they really don’t like being labeled and hounded about their sexuality or told they are confused and/or need to pick a side.
- Don’t Engage Caged.
We are talking about the real haters using convenient verses from religious texts to harken the depths of hell and save you and me. Don’t let them bring your party down. Just like a car accident or Lindsey Lohan, keep moving along.
- Don’t Get Sloppy
Avoid ‘over’ drinking. You’ll never pull hotties if you can’t stand up to dance with them! Say no to drugs! You’ll have fun either way- whether you remember it or not.
- Say It Loud, Say It Proud, Bring Your Pride.
The most important thing you can bring this year is your Pride. We need to express our journey, our losses, and all our victories. Share your Pride with your friends standing beside you. Share it with your boyfriend, partner, or girlfriend. Share it with you family. Celebrate your Pride so loud our brothers and sisters in Orlando can hear Houston. It’s our day. Lets live it up!