- Wear shoes you can walk in all day – try and stay away from flip flops,
(a) they are not sanitary, Fairy Princesses should not have dirty heels.
(b) they have no arch support, which you need for a long day on your feet
(c) Leather Daddies can break your toes if they accidentally stand on your foot with their boots, those boots are made for toe stompin’
(d) flip flops do not go that easily from street fair to dance club or bar.
- Charge your phone, and make sure your Best Gays are wearing some sort of pants where they can button their phone into the pocket. There is a lot of celebrating at Pride, people can get sloppy, so make sure the keys and the cell phone are buttoned in there, so they don’t fall out.
- Put an ‘emergency’ $20 in your bra. Because things happen. Say it: “ER $20!”
- If you have a huge ring of keys, pare it down for PRIDE, carying around that big ring all day is annoying. Just have your car key, and your front door key.
- If you are going to drive there together, make sure if you are going to cut out early that there is public transport or that you have a number for a cab company with you. I prefer to drive myself, because then I can always leave when I’m ready. Nothing worse than wanting to end the night, only to turn around and find your Best Gay in mid-flirt and unwilling to leave. Yes, he knows it’s 4a.m.: he doesn’t care. He could get laid.
- Do not bring your dog unless you are reasonably able to hydrate the dog, and you can take the dog home after an hour or two. Big crowds and dogs are not a great idea. Some open areas now don’t allow them because of the whole ‘pooping’ aspect, so it’s best to call the dog walker, and not stress out your pet.
- In wallet: cash, ID, Health Insurance card, ATM and 1 Credit Card
- Put your address on a small piece of paper that you can hand to a cab driver in case you do the elementary Fairy Princess move and wind up ‘overserved’ and unable to figure out where you live. This is a rookie move, but I know most of my friends have done it at least once. No – I have not, but I did come back so late to a parking garage that they had locked it and I had to cab it home, and then back there the next day. Grrrr. This is where ER $20 comes in.
- Check the weather. This sounds so easy but not many people do it.
- Bring a purse you can wear easily – if you need it a bit larger so you can put purchases in it, fine, but remember, you are going to carry it around ALL DAY, possibly into the night, so keep that in mind.
Be safe. Have fun. Live, live, live!