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Video:Tips for Attending the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

with Milo De Prieto

The Alan Ross Texas Freedom parade and festival is an important gay pride event each year. Here are video tips from About.com on attending the Alan Ross Texas Freedom parade.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Attending the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Hello I'm Milo for About.com and today we're talking about the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and Festival.

History of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Dallas has a long history of gay pride events dating back to the early '70s, when around 50 people marched to commemorate New York's Stonewall Rebellion of 1969. Since 1983, the event has been organized by the Dallas Tavern Guild, and takes its name from its former organizer and Guild Director, Alan Ross, who was pivotal in guiding the event through the difficult years of the 1980s and shaping it into the all-inclusive celebration of life which is his legacy today.

Events at the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Dallas consistently stages a world-class pride event, largely thanks to its family-friendly festival atmosphere. Like most gay festivals, it is a combination of many different events. Everything from merchandise and fundraising stalls to sports events and guest speakers. There really is something for everyone. In Dallas, the Lee Park festival offers all this and more for a low entrance fee, the majority of which is ploughed back into good causes.

Route of the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Of course, the central event of any gay pride festival is the parade. A rich and dazzling spectacle of color and vibrancy which is almost as much fun to watch as it is to take part! As with any gay pride parade, there are a number of easy-to-follow tips to ensure that your day is as fun and memorable as it should be.Check the parade route in advance. In Dallas, the parade travels down Cedar Springs Road from Wycliff Avenue to Lee Park on Turtle Creek Blvd. Choosing a good spot can be tricky, but thankfully in Dallas there is plenty of choice. The early section of the route offers a slightly quieter option, but if you want to be in the thick of it, then the middle of the route, near to the restaurants, bars and clubs is more your thing.

When to Visit the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade

Arrive in time. This is no time to be fashionably late. Most gay parades attract many thousands of spectators and you don't want to be stuck at the back wishing you'd worn those 10-inch platforms in order to get a better view. The sheer number of spectators can mean that finding a parking space can also be a major headache for late arrivals. Our advice: Aim to park early near to Lee Park and then enjoy a leisurely brunch as you walk to your preferred location along the parade route. You'll be glad you did.

Wear Sunscreen When Seeing the Alan Ross Texas Pride Parade

Skin is most definitely in. Thankfully, like Dallas, most gay pride events happen in the summer months and you can enjoy your day in the sun wearing, basically, as little as you like. Who says the boys and girls in the parade are the only ones allowed to top up their tans? Don't get burnt. No matter how cute you look in your choice of outfit, the freshly boiled lobster look is one to avoid. Apply high-factor suncream before heading out, and keep a small supply with you for during the day. You might even find a cute guy or girl in need of a dab of protection, and what better ice-breaker?

Additional Tips for Seeing the Alan Ross Texas Pride Parade

Re-hydrate often. Parades can often last quite some time and you will get thirsty. Take a plastic sports-drink bottle with you and take regular mouthfuls. There's plenty of time after the parade to check out the bars and have a stronger drink. Travel light. Carrying lots of possessions is never a good idea in any crowded place. If you're entering into the spirit of the event and dressing up, you might also find yourself short of secure pocket space. Keep your money somewhere discreet, down a sock for instance. Of course, this being Dallas, you could always keep in safely in your cowboy boots!

For more excellent and helpful ideas and information on gay pride events, check us out at About.com.

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