Top tips for going to a Pride event

Guide with Pride!

10 May 2022

Taking a unit, district or division to a local Pride event?

We’ve put together some ways to help you have the best time, be proud and stay safe.

Before

Find your nearest Pride

London Pride isn’t the only option; lots of towns, cities and counties have Pride events too. Find out when your local Pride is happening with this calendar. Most Prides happen over the summer months, but some take place as early as May and as late as September.

Pride events can vary a lot. Most involve a parade, some are just events and some have both. If your group wants to walk in a Pride’s parade, you’ll probably need to register with the organisers, so check their website. If that’s not an option for you, for example if you need to pay a lot or applications have closed, you could always watch the parade instead, or just go to some of the events put on.

Find out if there’s any events going on as well; Prides will often have an all-ages festival-style event on the same day as the parade and some bigger celebrations might have lots of events planned over several weeks, from LGBT+ movie screenings to comedy nights.

Get planning

If you’re planning on walking in the parade, send an application to the organisers as soon as you can, make a schedule for the day with your volunteer team and get girls involved in planning.

Then get parent and guardian consent to take young members away, fill in your risk assessments and budget if you need to.

Get ready

Time to get excited! Email [email protected] for Girlguiding Pride materials, like flyers and pink clappers. We can’t promise that we’ll be able to send out resources to every group that gets in touch, but we’ll try our best.

Why not get members to make banners and signs in a unit meeting too? They could make flags for their identities out of paint and cardboard, sew a rainbow, Philadelphia or Progress flag out of scrap materials or decorate signs to hold.

Work out what you’re going to wear too! Will everyone wear bright, rainbow colours or will you wear Girlguiding uniform? Why not buy some Guide with Pride t-shirts or our new wristbands and Pride badge from our shop?

Then, get everything enthusiastic for the big day! You could learn about LGBTQ+ women in unit meetings, discuss the Pride route or make rainbow coloured food – the options are endless!

During

Drink water

Make sure everyone brings a bottle of water. Whether you’re walking in the parade or not, celebrating is thirsty work. Stay hydrated!

Wear sensible shoes

Make sure people in your group are wearing sturdy shoes like hiking boots or trainers. There’s going to be a lot of walking and dancing! Add some extra plasters to your first aid kit in case anyone’s shoes rub.

Sun cream (or raincoat!)

Because Pride happens over the summer, it’s often sunny. Make sure everyone puts on some sun cream before coming so no one gets burnt. Check the weather forecast though and take a raincoat if it looks like it’ll rain.

Pack plenty of food

With all that walking and dancing, your group will work up an appetite. Brings snacks and lunch to eat as well.

Take hand sanitizer (maybe a mask too)

Stay healthy and keep your hands clean with hand sanitizer. You might want to wear a mask as well, as there’ll be a lot of people at the event.

Bring money

There are often stalls at Pride and young people might want to visit. Think about setting some time aside during the day to visit them and maybe set a budget for each member too.

Charge your phone and know who to call if you get separated

Make sure young members know who to call if they get lost, and set up a meeting point in advance. Give each member a wristband on with leaders contact info on the inside too, so if they break or lose their phone, they'll still have the information to find leaders.

Look after yourself and your group

Pride can be a noisy, busy event so take steps to make sure you and your group don’t burn out or get overwhelmed. Pace yourself and the group and bring whatever you need to make your day manageable, like earplugs or fidget toys. Have enough leaders so that if the event is too much for any girls or leaders; they can break off from the group at any point and head to your agreed quiet space.

After

Make sure everyone gets home safely at the end of the day, and keep checking in. In your next unit meeting, you could chat about how the day was for everyone and how everyone is feeling. Some members might be overwhelmed by feeling represented for the first time and seeing so many people that are part of their community. Some might be feeling a bit low now all the exciting events are over. Here's some activities from our programme to help start conversations.

Colour my mood

This activity, which was made with Rainbows in mind, helps girls understand emotions and think about who they can talk to about their feelings. Download the resource for free.

Happy thoughts

This activity was made with Brownies and Guides in mind. It shows them how to create and use a mindfulness jar to help clear bad thoughts. It also includes some mindfulness techniques to practice.

Download the resource for free.

Take a moment

This activity was made with Guides in mind. It gives girls the chance to learn calming techniques and learn the signs of a panic or asthma attack. Download the resource for free.

Checking in

This activity, which was made with Guides in mind, gives girls the chance to carry out a guided body scan meditation. It also includes tips for how to transform their space into a place of tranquillity.

Keeping afloat

This activity was made with Rangers in mind. It gives girls the chance to think about why support networks are important and how they can create a support network of their own. Download the resource for free.

Think resilient

Our Think Resilient resources are designed to encourages girls to talk about their mental wellbeing and the pressures they experience. The activities were made with Brownies, Guides and Rangers in mind.

You might not have all the answers, so direct young members with extra questions, or needing extra support, to an organisation like The Proud Trust. You might have local groups in your area too. If there are, you might have seen them in the parade or at a community event stand already!

Take care of yourself too. Get lots of rest, chat through any thoughts and feelings with someone you trust, and maybe do some extra research if you came across anything you didn’t understand.