Pride is all about self-expression and people going to Pride events have the freedom to express themselves however they see fit- sometimes for the first time in their lives.
One of the best ways to reflect your inner Pride is through your outfit! It’s great a way to be part of the parade, make a statement and have the chance to feel super confident as your true and honest self.
However, choosing what to buy can be tricky!
In this article, we’ve put together some of the best things to wear or bring to a Pride festival to help you find all of your Pride event essentials.
1. Lots of Glitter
Glitter is more than just a cute add-on to your outfit! It’s now an iconic staple at Pride events and a must-have for any attendees. It looks amazing and it is a great hit in the community.
Choose colours that represent your flag or use all of your favourite colours for a bright addition to your outfit.
There are so many ways to use glitter at Pride. You could:
- Put it on your face in replace of highlighter
- Use a stencil and make glitter tattoos on your body
- Sprinkle it on your clothes to give them a little extra sparkle
We recommend that you use biodegradable glitter, to be kinder to the planet while you enjoy your Pride celebration!
2. Pride Flags
You can’t go to a Pride event without your trusty Pride flags!
Choose a huge Pride flag to wear like a cape or wave a small one in your hand all day long.
A flag is a great way to show your alliance with a certain sexuality, whether you’re part of the community or a supportive ally.
A Pride flag can help you make connections on the day and have fun conversations with those in the community. It’s also a great way to proudly express yourself and your sexuality!
3. Rainbow Wristbands
Many Pride organisers and supporters will sell wristbands on the day, with all the proceeds going to LGBTQIA+ charities. However, you can also find wristbands from other stores in the lead-up to Pride, and they are a great way to show your support for the cause in a subtle way.
This is a great, bright accessory to wear when fist-pumping during songs and chants at the festival.
Also, if you’re a respectful ally, there are also special ally wristbands to show your alliance with the community.
4. Comfortable T-Shirt
You need to be comfortable when you’re heading to a Pride festival!
You might be jumping around on the dancefloor or proudly walking in the Pride march all day, so you need to be super comfortable.
T-shirts are a cheap and easy fashion choice, and you could even decorate your t-shirt with lots of colourful Pride designs.
There are millions of Pride designs out there to choose from, and you’ll act as a walking poster for Pride in all of its glory.
5. LGBTQIA+ Badges
One of the best ways to improve your Pride outfit is by extending it to your other accessories.
Use badges and stickers to add that extra bit of colour to your outfit. LGBTQIA+ or Pride badges are also a great way to show your support for the community.
You could choose a simple rainbow design or pick the flag of your choice.
If you’re heading to a UK Pride event- chances are you’ll need an umbrella for any showers!
If you’re going on a Pride march or you’re visiting an outdoor Pride event, pop an umbrella in your bag as a handy Pride event essential.
(PS. Hopefully, you won’t need it! – But it’s always good to have one just in case!)
There are lots of rainbow and LGBTQIA+ umbrellas to choose from. That way, you can shelter from the rain and show your support for the community at the same time.
Don’t let the rain dampen your Pride celebrations!
7. Rainbow Bag
Pride festivals can be busy places, so it’s a good idea to find a bag that will keep your essentials safe on the big day.
Choose a rainbow backpack, tote bag or even fanny pack to stay safe at your next Pride event. Don’t forget to pack your bag full of important essentials, such as suncream, water and snacks.
8. Feather Boa
No Pride event outfit would be complete without a beautiful feather boa! This is the perfect accessory to throw on over your amazing outfit, or you could wave it in solidarity on the big day.
There are lots of different feather boas, and you can choose a classic rainbow-coloured feather boa or find one that fits your flag colours. These Pride accessories are easy to pick up from anywhere.
9. Rainbow Water Bottle
If you’re going to an outdoor Pride event, you need to make sure to hydrate! A rainbow water bottle will help you stay hydrated throughout the day without taking away from the exciting ambience of the day.
There will be lots of refreshments on hand during the day or evening, but it never hurts to have your own water bottle- and it might even be cheaper to have a few refreshments of your own.
It helps the environment to use a reusable water bottle, too!
A whistle is a great Pride event essential! A whistle around your neck gives you the chance to show your support for any speakers, performances and chants when appropriate.
Pride events can be busy and very loud places- so it never hurts to have a noisy way to show your support, as well as waving your flag as much as possible.
Just remember to follow any instructions about quieter times during the march!
Do you have any Pride event essentials you would add to our list? Let us know all of your recommendations in the comments.
We hope everyone enjoys their next Pride event in style!