Watch: RuPaul’s Drag Race star Baga Chipz reveals her best tips for enjoying Pride
As alumni of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Baga Chipz, Blu Hydrangea, Vinegar Strokes and Peppermint certainly know a thing or two about Pride.
Appearing on the latest episode of Reality Check, the four queens share their insider tips on how to do Pride in style – from making sure you have make-up wipes to hiring a mobility scooter…
“You should respect everyone around you,” stated Celebrity Masterchef star Baga Chipz.
“As long as everyone's being nice and friendly, treat people how you want to be treated. Just be respectful and just love one another.”
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Chipz also suggest using the correct pronouns for people you meet and keeping an eye on those party people around you.
She said: “If there's anyone who needs help - if you see anyone fall over like myself in a lorry or something, just be like ‘Oh, that b**** is drunk, help her up!’”
Peppermint, who starred in the ninth series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, advises to moderate your drinking if it’s your first ever Pride.
“What you shouldn't do on your first Pride - as tough as it will probably be - maybe don't get blackout drunk on your first Pride,” she said.
Hydrangea knows only too well the danger of drinking too much. On her first Pride she got hideously drunk on red wine!
She recalled: “I went home and I told my whole family, 'You all hate me because you think I'm gay'. And they were like, ‘Where were you today?’ I was like ‘Pride, but what does that mean? I'm not gay!’”
The ‘dragony’ aunts also said it’s important to be safe if you’re going to hook up with someone at the event.
“Just be safe,” advised Chipz. “Don't get into random cars, wear protection - all that!”
“If you're going home with somebody at Pride, it probably isn't the best decision!” added Peppermint!
Then there are the practicalities of Pride – a bag packed with essentials such as phone chargers are important for everyone, but if you’re a drag queen, you may also have to sling in a few other essentials in your bum bag, such as a razor.
“If you're doing drag, performing all day, put a razor in your bag,” she said. “I turn from Julia Roberts into George Clooney through the day!”
Hydrangea said another drag queen essential is comfy shoes so you can kick off your heels after performing – although Chipz has her own unique solution to that.
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“I just get a mobility scooter,” she laughed. “I've done it three times. I just go in my little scooter, smoking and waving at people and they're like 'Is that an old woman or is it a drag queen?'”
Aside from the practicalities, the girls believe the most important Pride accessory is your attitude.
“If it's your first time at Pride, bring an open mind open mind, because you're going to see some sights!” said Chipz.
Watch: RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Peppermint talks about what Pride means to her