18 Things You Experience At Your First Pride Parade

Pride: the annual coming-of-gay-age experience.

1. This flag will follow you everywhere you go.

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2. You get anxious at the thought of figuring out where to go, and at what time.

 

3. You glance at the map and schedules and think:

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To be honest, you just want to meet people and have a good time.

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4. Finding your friends in the crowd is a **headache** but that makes it easier to meet new people.

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5. Everywhere you look people are giving you beads for going to their booth at the festival.

6. You see this and aren’t sure what to think.

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7. But then you’re like…

8. Dress code? No such thing exists.

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Wait, what should I wear?

9. You go to so many events and bars that your arm looks like this:

10. Your eyes: Where do I look?!?!?! I DON’T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING.

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11. You get emotional with all the love that’s around you.

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12. You lose yourself in all the amazing performances.

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Where else could you have Demi Lovato sing to you in a gold-trimmed suit with confetti dropping from the sky?

13. Just being a pedestrian in the parade makes you feel like you haven’t lived a full life:

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14. Reality becomes a weird world you don’t want to be a part of anymore.

15. Rainbows literally pave the street.

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16. Random people handing you condoms becomes normal.

17. You’re exhausted by the end of the day and your pockets are overflowing with flyers, candy, and condoms.

18. You think: Why can’t every day just be like this?

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You may have been hesitant or afraid to go at first, but you realize it has been totally worth it.

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Attending Pride for the first time will probably make you happy-cry, but brace yourself to experience the rush all over again next year.

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