18 Things You Experience At Your First Pride Parade
Pride: the annual coming-of-gay-age experience.
This flag will follow you everywhere you go.
You get anxious at the thought of figuring out where to go, and at what time.
You glance at the map and schedules and think:
To be honest, you just want to meet people and have a good time.
Finding your friends in the crowd is a **headache** but that makes it easier to meet new people.
Everywhere you look people are giving you beads for going to their booth at the festival.
You see this and aren't sure what to think.
But then you're like...
Dress code? No such thing exists.
Wait, what should I wear?
You go to so many events and bars that your arm looks like this:
Your eyes: Where do I look?!?!?! I DON'T WANT TO MISS ANYTHING.
You get emotional with all the love that's around you.
You lose yourself in all the amazing performances.
Just being a pedestrian in the parade makes you feel like you haven't lived a full life:
Reality becomes a weird world you don't want to be a part of anymore.
Rainbows literally pave the street.
Random people handing you condoms becomes normal.
You're exhausted by the end of the day and your pockets are overflowing with flyers, candy, and condoms.
You think: Why can't every day just be like this?
You may have been hesitant or afraid to go at first, but you realize it has been totally worth it.
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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