In the UK June is Pride month. There will be lots of activities going on not just in London but all around the country. These events are usually fun filled and a great way to spend a day. However going to an event where 1000s of people will be attending always has its risks. Read our tips below to make sure you can make the most out of a Pride event and keep yourself safe.
Go and stick with a group you know and trust.
Events like this are always more fun in groups, so if you and your friends plan on going STICK TOGETHER. With potentially thousands of people piling into the same area it’s easy to get separated. It’s a good idea to discuss a pre-arranged meeting spot that you can go to if you do get lost. ‘Under the Pride flag’ is not a specific enough place. Pick somewhere memorable and stationary.
If this is your first Pride event then it advisable to go with people you know well and trust, friends you’ve known for years are more likely to look for you if you get lost.
Tell someone where you will be.
Yes, even if you are a fully-fledged adult, tell someone where you are going. If you are under 18 then, you might tell your parents or an adult that you trust. Try and check in with them, a text here and there just to let them know what you’re up to. It’s advisable to arrange a time that you will call them, maybe after the parade. This is to ensure that if you do get into trouble someone is aware of roughly where you are.
On a side note, make sure your phone as sufficient battery, so you can use it in an emergency.
We cannot preach that you shouldn’t drink at these events, but we can preach to know your limits. The safety aspect of holding on to your faculties are obvious, the majority of Pride festivals are held outside, so being paralytic on a road is just asking for trouble. You are also surrounded by people you don’t know, your friends might look after you if are drunk, but at any large event there is always a risk that someone could take advantage of your venerable state. Also you don’t want to miss out on all the activities at Pride because you have to be taken home.
Be careful with your money.
Unfortunately, at events like these, there are bound to be pick pockets. Try and take a suitable bag and secure any belongings. Cash and cards should be concealed in any compartments that your bag might have. It is always a good idea to keep some money separate from the rest, just in case you are the victim of a pick pocket or lose your wallet or purse.
Plan how you are getting home.
It goes without saying that you shouldn’t drink and drive. But you need to be prepared on how you will get yourself home. If you know what time you will be ready to leave, book a taxi and make sure you have the money for it. If you are getting the train, be sure to know what time the last one is so you don’t get stranded. It doesn’t matter if you are getting a taxi, catching the train, getting the bus or walking; make sure you include a friend. There is safety in numbers and doesn’t matter what your gender is. Pride events can attract certain people who will want to cause trouble with anyone who has been involved in the festivities, so stick with a buddy.
It’s England in June, so the weather could literally be anything, so plan for any eventuality. If it’s looking like a sunny day then make sure you pack and wear sun cream. Also try and take some water, as it’s easy to become dehydrated when it’s sunny and you’re moving around a lot. On the other hand, if it looks like a wet and cold day, make sure you wear appropriate clothing. You may have planned out the perfect outfit and accessories, but you’re going to regret your outfit choice if it hails and you’re in summer gear!
If the weather is hot it may be tempting to wear flip flops all day, but that might not be the best option. Putting aside the hygienic issues that come with having almost bare feet on any city pavement, there is a safety issue as well. There could be broken glass on the floor that could cut you, and with thousands of people all taking part or walking in a parade, you could break some toes getting stood on. If you are going to be on your feet all day then try and wear footwear that is supportive and comfortable. You don’t want your day and night ruined by blisters and painful toes.
We hope you enjoy any Pride event you go to this month, but just remember to keep yourself safe.