How to Pack for the WorldPride in NYC

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Set your calendars, as you know where you will be from 28th to 30th of June this year. Yes, that’s right, New York, baby, as these are the dates for the WorldPride! Not only is this event one of the most fun events all throughout the year, but this year, it’s very special. Namely, the WorldPride celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots that took place in New York in the early mornings of June 28th, 1969. Since then, queer people and all of their allies kept coming to New York City in search of a better life. Now, they’re coming from all over the globe to be a part of this spectacular celebration. If you don’t live in NYC and you want to be a part of the WorldPride, it would be very good to know in advance which things you might need:

The rainbow flags and accessories

Obviously, not even one gay pride parade can be complete without plenty of rainbow flags and accessories. After packing one big rainbow flag, you might also want to think about whether you’re going to be taking with you different clothes in rainbow colors or any other accessories such as hats, necklaces or t-shirts with different quotes. This is also a great time to decide if you want to go dressed up in a unique and sexy costume or simply be the boy next door.

Colorful clothes

If you want to do the latter and go dressed up as you usually do (but let’s be honest – if you’ve been working out, then you probably won’t be wearing your top), make sure that you prepare all the best clothes that you own. First of all, you might opt for extremely colorful t-shirts as black is never the color for a Pride parade, no matter how much you love it. However, if you want to be a bit more dapper and cooler, you can always opt for patterned men’s shirts that will catch anyone’s attention. The choices are literally endless, so you can practically go with anything that makes you feel comfortable.

Comfortable shoes

Since you will do plenty of walking, dancing, twerking, running, and dancing again, you will need the most comfortable shoes that you own. Perhaps your comfy shoes are not the ones that match well with the rest of your outfit, so think about it in advance. If not, you can always buy new ones that will be both fashionable and comfy. Going for brands such as Nike, Adidas or Reebok is always a safe option – all of their models are very comfortable and apart from that, they are still quite fashionable.

Plenty of water

Even though it might sound silly, you really need to pack a lot of water for the WorldPride. Remember that it’s going to be quite crowded, so you won’t always have an option to go and buy a bottle of water. Moreover, why not be a bit green and pack your own water bottles? Also, remember that water bottles might be a bit overpriced at the event. Be that as it may, don’t forget to stay hydrated as you will need your energy throughout these three days.

Sexy underwear

You might be wondering why you need your sexy underwear for the Pride parade, but this is pretty obvious. First of all, you never know what you will be doing while walking down the streets or dancing the days and nights away with the other gay dudes, but you also never know where the night is going to take you. With that in mind, don’t forget to pack your condoms. You can always buy them there, but make sure you have a couple in your wallet just in case.

Positivity

Finally, the only thing left for you to bring is your positivity. Being a part of the WorldPride in NYC is definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and you will most definitely love it. So, bring your positivity and your pride and show it off! Remember that we don’t get many chances of being all together in one place, so this is our time to shine and show the world who the f*** we are.

These are simply the essentials, you can definitely bring whatever you want – fanny packs, different signs, glitter, your camera. Anything works, but it’s very important to have a smile on your face at all times. Now, you have a month to work on those abs and ass in order to show it off as well, so what are you waiting for?

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Peter Minkoff

Peter is a gay lifestyle writer at Queer Voices and The Homo Culture magazine.