This past weekend, queer communities worldwide came back together in person to celebrate in the midst of a trying health crisis that’s put an already vulnerable community in peril. Given last year’s Pride events were cancelled, this year’s comeback felt more needed than ever. 
Extravagant and lavish fashion mixed with slogan signs and message T-shirts were some of the biggest ways this year’s Pride events brought a sense of normalcy (and urgency!) into our lives after a year of pajamas at home. On the streets, from New York to San Salvador, people donned their best with everything from rainbow-colored wings and tall platform heels to corset tops and sombreros that exemplified how fashion can be a tool to express every facet of ourselves — our sadness and grief, our hopes and dreams, as well as how good some of us are at wearing heels before noon. 
Although Pride fashion has become increasingly commercialized, we can always rely on the community itself to remind us of the true intention behind these festivities, especially at a time when defending the rights and joys of the LGBTQ+ communities — every single day — feels as urgent as ever. 
Ahead, let Pride-goers teach you a lesson about styling that has nothing to do with trends, but rather about how effective clothing can be to highlight all the things that make us individuals, together.

Pose‘s Angelica Ross brought some ball glamour to the streets of Manhattan. Photo: John Lamparski/Getty Images.
A person wearing rainbow-colored wings and matching platform heels in New York City’s Washington Square Park. Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images.
A lesson in “be the rainbow” by a parade-goer in New York City. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.
Personal style and community heritage can be an excellent combo, as seen on this parade-goer in Mexico City. Photo: Gerardo Vieyra/NurPhoto via Getty Images.
This parade-goer in New York City took the chance to dress like a rebel with a cause. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.
An all-over beauty look from New York City’s Pride March. Photo: Roy Rochlin/Getty Images.
Rainbow-hued wings were a big statement in this year’s Pride festivities, as evidenced by this marcher in San Salvador. Photo: APHOTOGRAFIA/Getty Images.
Leather bras, neon zebra stripes, corset tops, artful eyes, & matching masks make for a distinctly 2021 Pride ensemble.Photo: Alexi Rosenfeld/ Getty Images.
Always wear your politics and your boots with pride like this parade-goer in Mexico City. Photo: Medios y Media/Getty Images.

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