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Video:Tips for Attending the Gay Pride March in NYC

with Milo De Prieto

The gay pride march in New York City is one of the most famous in the world, and attending can be a great way to show your support for the LGBT community. Watch this video from About.com for tips on attending the gay pride march in NYC.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Attending the Gay Pride March in NYC

Hello I'm Milo for About dot com and today we're talking about tips for attending the New York City gay pride march.

History of the Gay Pride March in NYC

New York is arguably the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement. It was at the city's now-iconic Stonewall Bar that a police raid in June 1969 led to the first major case of people actually fighting back against the police and the persecution of sexual minorities that the authorities represented. The event spawned a powerful movement which grew steadily over the following years and went on to become the catalyst for the gay pride events held in many cities around the world today.

Causes of the Gay Pride March in NYC

Of course, the main event of New York pride is undoubtedly the march, which usually takes place on one of the last Sundays in June. It started life as a protest march in the years immediately following the Stonewall riots, before growing to recognize the continuing fight against HIV/AIDS, although outwardly these days, it is very much a not-to-be-missed celebratory event with a superb upbeat party feel. Attending the New York Pride March is always a great experience, but by following a few easy tips, you can make it a real day to remember.

Parade Route For Attending the Gay Pride March in NYC

Check the parade route in advance. In New York, the parade follows 5th Avenue from 36th Street, before turning at 8th Street and finally ending at Greenwich Street. Arrive in time. This is no time to be fashionably late. Like most major gay parades, the New York March attracts many thousands of spectators and you don't want to be stuck at the back. You could easily be a block away from the action. Skin is in. It might be the middle of one of the world's premiere global cities, but people dress for the beach. Thankfully, like New York, 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.

Wear Sunscreen When Attending the Gay Pride March in NYC

Don't get burnt. Sun damage is never in style. 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 introduction! 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 When Attending the Gay Pride March in NYC

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

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