The 31 Most Fabulous Gay Pride Parade Looks

The best sequins, nipple tape, wigs, sombreros, Speedos, dyed beards, and more from the past two decades.

1. If there’s one thing you can expect from New York’s pride parade, it’s costumes.

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West Hollywood, Calif., 1999.

2. Full maquillage and feather boas, despite the heat.

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London, 1995.

3. Wonderful fashion statements will be made all around us.

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San Francisco, 2003.

4. Sun protection won’t be forgotten.

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Chicago in 2001.

5. Eye-catching Speedos are to be expected.

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Sydney, Australia, March 2013.

6. Delightful sequined Speedos are practically guaranteed.

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London, 2005.

7. Some will opt for comfortable shoes.

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London, July 2000.

8. Others, high heels.

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Chicago, 2001.

9. But the hair will be higher.

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London, 2008.

10. Costumes will put Heidi Klum’s Halloween efforts to shame.

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Amazing.

New York, 2000.

11. Queen Elizabeth? Sure, why not!

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Chicago, 2001.

12. The attention to detail will compete a Parisian coutourier.

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San Francisco, 2008.

13. Facial hair might be dyed.

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2009, San Francisco.

14. Face paint will be applied liberally.

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San Francisco, 2001.

15.
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New York, 2006.

16. Body paint, too.

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San Francisco, 2007.

17. Ladylike elegance will also have its place.

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So “Megan Draper on the beach.”

New York City, 2006.

18. Dogs will surely get in on the action.

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London, 2009.

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San Francisco, 2008.

20. And don’t forget about festive bikes.

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San Francisco, 2008.

21. Or My Little Pony accessories.

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New York, 2011.

22. Patriotism will be on display.

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New York City, 2002.

23. You might feel, at times, like you’re at Carnivale.

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Boston, 2004.

24.
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San Francisco, 2007.

25. Statement purses should abound.

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Paris, 2003.

26. Matching your friend won’t be a faux pas.

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Boston, 2004.

27.
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San Francisco, 2004.

28. Fashion paradoxes will render couples impossibly adorable.

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Chicago, 2001.

29. Basically, true originals will be all around you.

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San Francisco, 2008.

30. And rainbows. Beautiful, wonderful rainbows.

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San Francisco, 2009

31. When it’s over, you might just need to sit down.

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Dressing up for pride parades is no easy task.

London, 2009.

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