15 Experienced Pride Attendees On The Most Important Thing To Pack For Pride


Due in part to the Stonewall Riots in New York City on June 28, 1969, June has become the month in which we don't just celebrate the queer community, but pay homage to those who paved the way in making a difference in the freedom that the community has today. Of course, we still have more work to do.

"In 2017, and especially this year in the wake of Orlando, Trump, and a host of other unexpected and disappointing sociopolitical developments in the U.S. and globally, Pride has never had so many layers of meaning and importance," Matt Wagner, Account Director Target 10, an LGBTQ marketing & consulting agency, tells Bustle. "It’s about politics, celebration, mourning, visibility, authenticity… but most of all, it is about community: coming together and being amongst family, friends, brethren, and allies — the incredible diverse tapestry of humanity that comprises the LGBTQA community — and supporting one another in whatever way is most needed. Over the last 10 years I’ve probably attended 50 Prides all across the country, and the vibe is consistently like no other I’ve experienced at any other event, no other festivities, truly no other experience. Pride is as unique, versatile, and resilient as the community is, and as such it will continue to serve every and any purpose for which it is needed. Pride is life, and through it, the heart of the LGBTQA community beats strong."

I spoke to 15 experienced Pride attendees to see exactly what one should always have with them if they're going to enjoy Pride to the fullest. Here's what they told me.

1Nenad, 28


2Jen, 40

3Corey, 26

4Colleen, 32

5Rain Dove, 27


6Aaron, 29

7Amanda, 43

8Mattie, 33

9Michael, 24


10Sunny, 50

11Farrah, 39

12Christopher, 28

13Lisa, 39

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14Kelli, 48

15Alex, 26

No matter where you celebrate Pride this year, just make sure you're prepared. You don't want to be stuck in the blistering summer heat without sunscreen (did you gather that you need sunscreen yet?), water, or cheap glitter. Sure, it will still be fun, but not has fun as it could have been had you prepared.