NYC Pride is loud, proud, intense, and can be frustrating to navigate (ever tried to join the rest of your friends when they’re on the OTHER side of Christopher St.?). Still, it draws massive crowds from NYC and beyond to march, dance and celebrate in community. Here are 3 ways to make the most of one of the city’s best!
Find your Tribe
Finding people to share NYC Pride with is part of the fun. Even if you don’t have a gaggle intact, Pride events can be a great way to meet new people, make friends, find lovers, and expand your circle. Social groups can be found on sites like MeetUp or you can form one the spot if you’re feeling adventurous. You could even join a group to march with during the parade – that’s a great way to meet like-minded new friends. Check out this post for more ideas on how to find your tribe.
Expand Your Horizons
NYC Pride offers much more than the lively parties and the glitter-filled March. Each borough in NYC offers up its own Pride, complete with its own flavor. Celebrate in one of the other Prides and expand your friend group, ramp up your borough knowledge and check in with what’s happening in the rest of the City’s LGBTQ+ community. Another way to expand your horizons is by checking out one of the many other events going on all month. From book readings to talks to film showings, there are many events going on around the city all month long. Get over to the Bronx this weekend for events and culture!
Make it Last
June is an amazing month and being surrounded by affirming messages and people is inspiring and soul-filling but when the buzz dies down, how do you continue to keep the joy alive for the next 11 months before the next Pride? Think about some things that you can keep up with even after Pride ends. Finding ways to build in a little Pride event during the rest of the year can go a long way with helping maintain the positive feelings that come from participating in Pride events.
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