I’ve been to the Pride Parade (conventional) 2 years in a row now, and although it’s a lot of fun and extremely celebratory, it’s the same every year.
The same floats, route, and market at the end. It’s a really nice feeling having so many different members of the lgbtq community all together, celebrating happiness, love and joy and all around pride in ourselves. As well, the parade is an all ages event, so it’s just as wonderful seeing little ones developing open minds and hearts. There is Pride Week that leads up to the parade; local shops will display their support with rainbow paraphernalia, and there’s events and 19+ shows.
This is the first year I heard of Alt Pride. I missed today’s festivities due to work, but I definitely plan to make it next year! I wholeheartedly support what Alt Pride stands for and how they set out to cater to everyone’s needs! Not only is there a parade, but other events like a clothing swap, a workshop on clothing alterations to accommodate yourself, as well as a community festival in a local rec centre with drinks and snacks provided.
I enjoy Pride and the parade for dressing up, having a great time, making connections, and for the freedom of expression and love! Personally, I may not be the best person to ask about this because I haven’t much looked into how corporate it is, I simply have only gone to enjoy myself and celebrate. I believe it’s up to you how you choose to feel about it, and I would definitely recommend going to Alt Pride for a completely all inclusive experience, cooperation aside! 💜✨🌈