As we enter Pride Month, many celebrate by hosing a party, attending a parade, or participating activism. On June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar in New York City’s Greenwich Village. As the police became violent, patrons of Stonewall along with others in the neighborhood began to fight back, finally fed up with the continual harassment by authorities there and around the country.
The riots—or uprising, as most prefer—lasted three days, and ultimately marked the beginning of the gay rights movement. Organizations such as the Gay Liberation Front and the Gay Activists Alliance were formed as a result, and became a potent political force. And one year later, the first Gay Pride parades were held.
Get your Pride on
So regardless of your sexuality or gender identity, this is the month to celebrate the freedom of people to be who they are and advocate for an end to prejudice.
In addition to the numerous festivals, parades, and conferences, some opt to throw a festive Pride Month party. If you’re one of them, here are a few ideas to make yours stand out.
The main focus of the decor will be—what else?—the rainbow. Designed by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978 for San Francisco’s Pride celebrations, it has become the universal symbol of LGBTQ+ pride.
So in garlands, streamers, balloons, flowers, snacks, desserts, or whatever else your imagination can dream up, incorporate ROY-G-BIV wherever possible. You can even provide appropriate food coloring for guests to add to their drinks.
To kick off the festivities and keep the fun going all night long, make sure the music is loud and proud (and fun to dance to!). Hire your favorite LGBTQIA+ performers, use a Pride playlist, or curate your own selection of songs to fit the event.
In between dancing and eating, however, you may want to offer some additional activities: a photo booth, a makeup station, temporary tattoos, or even a costume contest.
Of course you can host an intimate party in your own home. But if your friend list won’t accommodate everyone, look for a stunning, unusual venue like, for instance, the Historic Alfred I. duPont building in downtown Miami.
With its Art Deco-inspired design, marble walls and floors, and intricately hand-painted cypress ceilings, it’s an absolutely amazing setting for Pride Month parties, weddings, photo shoots, or any other gathering. Take a virtual tour and book today!