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Jun 19
Pride safely

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This is a guest post by Brent Taylor, a social media specialist with METRO.

Happy Pride! June is LGBT Pride Month across the country, and locally, the Pride Houston event is not to be missed. The free event on Saturday is open to the public, and tickets are not necessary. Walking, cycling, or catching a bus near a large event like this can be challenging, so we have a few tips to make it easier for everyone.

If attending the celebration:

  • Know the rules. If you try to bring in a cooler, bicycle, or bottle of booze, you'll be leaving with less than you came with.  
  • Remember how you got there. Take note of the nearest intersection of where you arrived via bus, rideshare, or on foot. Many smartphones will allow you to "drop a pin" there so you can easily find your way back.
  • Stay hydrated! This is Texas in the summer – there are plenty of beverage stations where water is available. Even though the parade is in the evening, high temperatures and humidity can be a dangerous combination.

If you're in the festival area:

  • Expect some delays. Buses will be detoured, streets will be closed, and traffic will be heavy. Make a plan before leaving.
  • Be patient. Not everyone is used to dealing with these events, and may not make the best decisions on the road. Give everyone as much space as you can, and don't let minor offenses get the best of you.
  • Have fun! Even without attending, there is excitement in the air around these celebrations. Enjoy it!Brentmoji.jpg

 

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