It's the rainbow month.
London served as a sanctuary for the LGBTQ community for many years. The gay pride arrives in London this weekend, in a colorful rainbow. As a big supporter of the LGBTQ rights, I have been going to pride every year for the past 7 years, and each time it gets bigger and better. I will continue to go, for as longest I can. LGBTQ community is full of love, unity and pride. If you are around London, this is an event you should not miss. If you want to know what happened last year, check my last year's post. Pride 2015.
Check the guide on everything you need to know before you head to the Pride:
Get there early
It gets busy pretty quickly, and by busy I mean a sea of people. If you want to be able to see all the drag queens doing their thing get there earlier. I always meet my friends at Charing Cross station. You need to make sure you are there by 12 to get a nice spot as the pride starts at 1. You also need some time to get your drinks.
Be ready for the weather
We get rained on almost every year. A light raincoat will protect you from the summer showers. Do not bring an umbrella as you will be blocking the view from other people plus you don't want to hold too many things do you?
Dress as fierce as you possibly can
It's the pride, is to time to express yourself. Get a rainbow tattoo on your face or put glitter on your hair is the time to liberate yourself. Dress however you please, show your creativity and how fabulous you are.
I am all about taking pictures, but don't make this another event where you basically see everything behind your phone. It's pretty frustrating seeing people having their phones up, blocking the view and also they are not really in the moment. Take some pictures then put your phone away, and dance,sing drink beer, it's a day of celebration.
I cannot remember how many times I lost my friends into the crowd and I was wondering around like a lost puppy. Meet early in a place where everyone knows where it is, and stay close by.
The pride parade starts at the Portland Place and terminates at Whitehall place. After the parade the people concentrate at Trafalgar square to see the shows and then head to Soho where the party doesn't end until the morning hours.
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Have fun. Be Proud. Stay Fierce & Fabulous
Happy Pride London.