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Here's all the ways you can show your Pride with your chosen family at EDC Las Vegas

Here's all the ways you can show your Pride with your chosen family at EDC Las Vegas

EDC Las Vegas Electric Daisy Carnival LGBTQ+ Pride
Ricky Cornish

Pride Month may kick off in June, but the Electric Daisy Carnival is one of the best places to be your most authentic self.

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These are the days you pray for.

All too often, coming out is a challenging process for many people in the LGBTQ+ community, regardless of age, race, identity, religion, or background.

As RuPaul famously said... we, as gay people, get to choose our family. It may take quite some time to find the right people who belong to your tribe, but once you find your true ride or dies, life opens up in ways that were never possible before.

Finding the right people may seem a dream come true in itself... and that's because it is. However, the fun really begins when you can attend once-in-a-lifetime experiences like EDC Las Vegas with your chosen family.

Grabbing your festie besties, putting on a cute outfit, and dancing all night to some of the biggest DJs in the world? You've truly found a slice of heaven on Earth.

I've had quite the rollercoaster of emotions by visiting all types of raves around the world. Let's not forget that EDC Las Vegas is the largest musical festival in North America, and there's nothing quite like it.

I went to my first EDC, Las Vegas, two years ago with a large group of friends, and it was a whirlwind. The weather was all over the place; I shaved my legs for the first time, had a terrible razor burn, and had never witnessed anything like an EDC production before.

It was overwhelming at first, but I stuck through it and ended up having one of the most memorable weekends of my life. The best part of my first EDC was that I caught a real rave bug because I couldn't wait to party under the electric sky again.

Jumping to last year, I decided to go solo to both EDC Las Vegas and EDC Orlando, and let me tell you ... they were two of the most incredible experiences I've ever had the pleasure of attending.

I met people who've become some of my closest friends, grew so much as an individual, and danced the night away to too many iconic DJ sets to count. For me, there's nothing more freeing than slapping on a Speedo and strutting through a festival. As many people have told me, I'm truly in my element in places like these.

Fast forward to present day, and I was fortunate enough to bring two of the closest people in my life to their first raves and, eventually, their first EDC's.

I had my childhood best friend and my adorable boyfriend tag along for all of the shenanigans this year, and to be completely honest, I'm starting to really understand what it's like to be a drag mother.

Before bringing my chosen family to EDC, I thought I had experienced everything it offered. After all, this would be my fourth overall EDC, and I thought I had seen it all. Boy, was I wrong.

As I danced, mingled, and strutted through the Las Vegas Motor Speedway this year, I realized that the most beautiful part of attending these festivals wasn't just the freedom I felt.

The true gift of bringing my chosen family along for the ride this year was seeing their faces and watching them embrace the skin and environment they're in.

Listen, it's no easy task keeping up with a wild gay in a Speedo at a music festival. Plus, anyone who knows me knows I like to push people out of their comfort zones a bit.

You'll likely find me asking my girls plenty of thought-provoking questions, such as, "Have you considered adding more glitter to this outfit? Would you feel comfortable wearing a sexier outfit? Why don't you go compliment that person you're checking out?"

I am a journalist, after all, so it's second nature for me to push the people around me to really be the best they can be. Growing pains are a given during moments like these, but the reward is unlike anything you've ever seen.

Screaming lyrics at your best friend as you dance and bond with people who were strangers just one day ago? Kissing your boyfriend who found the confidence to rock a Speedo in public? Witnessing your friends completely gag as they watch the unbelievable fireworks show for the first time? There's no bigger reward than that.

As queer people and allies alike, it's very easy to crawl back into our shells and let all of our insecurities take over, even if we're out of the closet and stepping into new chapters in our lives. The important thing to remember is that life only begins when you take a chance on yourself.

Thankfully, places like EDC tout slogans that say, "All are welcome here." I mean, isn't that a message that all outsiders want to hear at any point in life?

Plus, it doesn't hurt when you have people in your corner who are always throwing soft pitches to help you build your confidence more and more. Life is short, so there's no time to waste when it comes to living life fearlessly and at its maximum potential.

I can go on and on, but as you can see from this article ... festivals like EDC are life-changing solo or with a group of your closest friends.

No matter your comfort level, I can guarantee that nothing compares to a weekend under the electric sky. Tickets for EDC Las Vegas are already on sale now. If I were you, I'd start planning out this iconic trip sooner rather than later.

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Ricky Cornish

Ricky Cornish is an on-air correspondent for Equal Pride, where he's breaking down the latest in pop culture for Out Magazine, Pride.com, Plus Magazine, The Advocate, and Out Traveler.

Based in Las Vegas, Ricky can be seen interviewing the biggest celebrities at red carpets and premiere events around the city.

To follow Ricky and see what's trending, you can follow him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, andYouTube.

Ricky Cornish is an on-air correspondent for Equal Pride, where he's breaking down the latest in pop culture for Out Magazine, Pride.com, Plus Magazine, The Advocate, and Out Traveler.

Based in Las Vegas, Ricky can be seen interviewing the biggest celebrities at red carpets and premiere events around the city.

To follow Ricky and see what's trending, you can follow him on Instagram, TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, andYouTube.