PARTY PRIDE

How to make your Pride bash a gay old time

NOW Magazine - Pride - - Contents - By AN­DREW SARDONE Pho­tos by DAVID HAWE

Campy meets se­ri­ously swanky in this pair of over­sized sun­nies ($1,200) cre­ated ex­clu­sively for Rapp (788 Col­lege, 416-537-6590, rap­plim­ited.com). They’re hand-set with hun­dreds of teensy Swarovski crys­tals and prom­ise max­i­mum sparkle in the Church Street sun. If you’re cruis­ing for more prac­ti­cal (and, just guess­ing, af­ford­able) shades, Rapp stocks those, too.

Mar­tini-shaker size queens are guar­an­teed to be sat­is­fied by the almost 2 litres of cosmo that comes pour­ing out of this gi­ant ver­sion ($37.50, BYOB, 972 Queen West, 877-989-8980, by­obto.com). We like our bal­loons as tin­foil-shiny as Warhol’s fac­tory, so we grav­i­tate to he­lium-filled my­lar rounds ($6 each,

Bal­loon Cor­po­rate Events, 1158 Queen West, 416-531-0400, bal­loon­cor­po­ra­teevents.com) over the usual rub­bers. If a mus­cle boy in a Speedo squirting you with a Su­per Soaker from a float is your Pride pet peeve, just imag­ine how sat­is­fy­ing it will be to drench the guy back. Nerf’s Rat­tler set ($29.99, Cana

dian Tire, 65 Dundas West, 416-9799056, and oth­ers, cana­di­antire.ca) comes with two wa­ter guns just in case you need backup. Don’t hate on the retro rainbow – colour-block­ing is so in this sea­son, after all. In­stead, embrace some mul­ti­coloured strip­ing for your decor. Out

on the Street (551 Church, 416-967-2759) stocks a full spec­trum of party para­pher­na­lia, from ubiq­ui­tous flags to can­dles and mini disco balls.

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