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    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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