With gay pride parades right around corner in many cities and states around the country, parents are gearing up for family friendly parades that they want to attend. Here are some tips for you and your children when the big day hits to make your day fun, adventurous, and safe.
Search website and events in advance
Knowing what events are going on and when will help make things easier. Some cities have picnics that are catered to families. Other towns have a slew of events designed for young and older children. Provincetown, Massachusetts hosts a special Family Week each year, activities and events offered to all age groups. Sponsored by the Family Equality Council, this year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Actors and actresses, bands, and other local celebrities are usually snagged for these festivities. If you want to see these famous people, make sure you know the necessary information. Some of these events require tickets, only cash accepted.
Since gay pride parades usually take place during hot temperatures, make sure that you are properly hydrated. Bring a backpack for the festivities and pack water, Gatorade, and juices that will ensure proper hydration for you and your kids. As pride events tend to involve more alcohol than usual for adults, staying hydrated is even more important. Drink responsibly and stay safe.
Proper footwear and attire
In many cities, the weather can change from hour to hour. Bring light rain jackets, extra socks, and some long sleeves for you and your family. Putting these items in a backpack or plastic bag will make sure that items stay dry. Wear sunscreen, baseball hats, and sunglasses to keep the sun from ruining your day. Donning a pair of sneakers that are comfortable, durable, and waterproof can prevent blisters, foot and ankle injuries, and keep your feet comfortable. Unless you want to move your car through heavy traffic, pride parades often involve much walking.
Know meeting places for groups in parade
Many groups that march in parades, such as local P-FLAG groups, GLADD, and other organizations in the area, establish designated meeting places beforehand. Knowing these spots in advance can save you some time, aggravation, and wasted energy. Cross streets, coffee shops, and gay friendly agencies are top picks for gatherings. Don’t miss out on marching due to not having accurate information.
Pick a safe area to watch parade
If you do not plan on marching in the parade, then choose a spot that works for you that is safe and comfortable. A good spot will let you viewing some cool people, taking parade pictures that you can share with family and friends with ease, and offer some shade and ample room to move. Parks, low traffic corners, and coffee places can work well.
Be prepared for protesters
Gay pride parades tend to bring out anti-gay protesters, such as local religious group and people who are strongly against gay marriage and LGBT parents having children. Be prepared for this and think of how you want you and your children to respond to protesters. Emotions can get heated and celebrating who you are should be the main focus of your day. Would you rather stay silent or give a rehearsed answer? Have a plan and things will go smoother.