If you subscribe to anyone worth watching on YouTube (with the exception of me, of course), you’ll know it’s pride month. And here in Montreal, Divers-cite seems to be right around the corner. By “seems to be” I mean, it’s really coming fast and I’m not ready. What does one wear? Who should you bring? When should you go?
I know I’m not the most qualified for these questions, mostly because I’ve never been to Divers-cite. I have, however, been to Toronto Pride, and that counts for something right? Let’s get started.
Who should I bring?
Everyone and anyone! In my experience, Pride events are best enjoyed with large groups for a couple reasons. First, you look like you have a cool posse, and that’s really all you need to know, though I’ll continue. Second, you can split up at any time and still (most likely) not have to go places alone (who wants to come to the BDSM tent?). Third, the more people you go with, the more people experience the event; Pride is all about positive exposure and celebration… if birthday parties aren’t fun alone, no other celebration will be.
Disclaimer: Maybe “everyone and anyone!” was a little too keen, do not bring a) a collection of all your ex girlfriends, b) the members of a right of right of centre church group your parents forced you to go to, and c) straight edgers (unless of course you bring a couple of them, so they can go on their merry way when the party starts). Just sayin’
What should I wear?
Now this one is very person to person basis. Are you currently on a last minute workout plan trying to tie together all those loose fitness ends before pride? Because I’m not… heh. Dressing for pride involves a whole lot of honesty; how good do I look? Will going topless to the Dyke March raise or lower my chances of being hit on? Can I wear two different colours of lame? All of these are good questions. Wear something comfortable, be a lesbian, wear those shoes that never hurt your feet! Unless we’re talking Tevas, in that case, I have nothing to say to you. I’d also like to take this time to forewarn you of the dreaded lube supersoaker. Avoid these like the plague, or wear something you can wash (most people are kind and go for water soluble lube, yeehaw).
How many rainbows are acceptable?
As many as you want. I personally am a fan of moderate amounts of rainbow clothing. If you have more than 10% of your body in rainbow something or other, you may as well dress up as a rainbow. Now that, I do advise, if I weren’t going in skinny jeans, sneakers, and scratch and sniff stickers over my nipples this year, I would definitely come dressed as a rainbow. But I digress, you can never really have too much rainbow action going on at pride, I don’t do it myself, but that shouldn’t stop you. Rainbows are touchy subjects anyways… do what seems right.
What should I bring?
This one is tricky. As previously discussed, as many happy-go-lucky friends as possible. Beyond that, it’s up to what you want to do. Think you’ll be buying things? Bring a tote or a nice man bag, if your normal bags aren’t large enough for what you plan on buying (hey girl, no judgement here ;) ), bring a reusable one, I’m sure you have infinite amounts of those as I do. Bring sunscreen if you need to reapply it, that’s always a good rule of thumb. If we’re going to play on these tough economic times, bring a bottle of water, because everyone knows water at most any venue is ridiculously expensive, and bring snacks too! Also, check your local weather forecast before you head out and be prepared… Having something literally rain on your parade, not so fun.
I guess that’s pride prep 101… If you have anymore questions, drop me an email.