Everyone has causes they are passionate about, but when it comes to representing them in real, tangible ways, it often feels like it's easier said than done. Celebrating equality can take on many forms, but in recent years, parades and protests have gathered the majority of the attention from supporters. If you're wondering how to find a Pride parade in your area, chances are there is one not too far away.
Aside from looking for rainbow colored everything and a giant gathering of people, the internet is filled with resources from your city and LGBTQ organizations that can help you find a Pride parade for 2017. Word of mouth is also a good way to find an event supporting the LGBTQ community.
In most major cities, there will be no shortage of Pride parades and other inclusive events promoting equality for all, but if a simple Google search isn't yielding the results you hoped for, there are other options available for finding an event that is nearby (or at least within traveling distance.) Whether you live in the nation's capitol or a rural town in "the middle of nowhere," with these tools up your sleeve you'll be able to find an event that fits your schedule and location and, most importantly, your values.
1. Check The Human Rights Campaign
One of the leading organizations of all pride events, the Human Rights Campaign is the go-to resource for finding events and more. You can search by state and, while you're at it, you can shop their pride shop or support one of the other many causes they champion.
2. Check The Gay Pride Calendar
Yes, that's a real thing. Simply visiting gaypridecalendar.com will more than likely bring up more than enough information for the nearest parade in your area. You can search by the month, by city, or even submit your own event to be included in their massive calendar.
3. Utilize Social Media
It's no surprise that social media is a powerful tool for connecting with likeminded people. Search Facebook for local groups or pride events, use Instagram's new local stories feature to view what is happening in your area and browse applicable hashtags. You might have to do a bit more digging, but chances are, there is an event near you if you look in the right places.
4. Search Your City + Pride
If you want to do things the old fashioned way or are having trouble finding events via other sources, plugging your city and "pride" into Google will turn up exactly the results you need. And if there's nothing in your area, why not just organize your own parade?