Pride parades give you an opportunity to let loose and dress up in fun costumes that showcase your vibrant personality. Whether you are in the spotlight or in the audience, make sure to wear festive clothes to celebrate the theme: Global Unity. Pride, usually in reference to sexuality, is really about being comfortable with your identity–and what better way to announce your identity to the world than through clothes? No matter what your individual beliefs are, forget the differences that divide the world and let us unite in a celebration that promotes equality and happiness for all. The following Sacramento shops, ranging from casual wear to exotic costumes, will provide the creative clothing you need to put together outfits for any pride celebration you choose to attend.

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Krazy Mary’s Boutique
3230 Folsom Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95816
(916) 442-6279

Krazy Mary’s Boutique is an excellent place to find bright clothing and accessories for the casual Pride attendee. If you’re going to be walking around a lot, consider investing in an eco-friendly pair of shoes from a company whose mission extends around the world. For every pair of shoes bought, Toms will donate a pair of shoes to a child in need. During Pride 2012, you can walk around comfortably knowing that your purchase helped another person in the world. Krazy Mary’s also sells tie-dyed clothes that you can pair with an armful of gold bangles. The best part: anything you purchase here can be worn long after Pride Week is over, so you’ll get a big bang for your buck.

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Madam Butterfly
500 Pavilions Lane
Sacramento, CA 95825
(916) 920-1220

Madam Butterfly, like Krazy Mary’s, is home to casual clothing that you will be able to wear for multiple occasions. Madam Butterfly sells eco-friendly lines that use bamboo, so you’ll be sure to stay cool in the burning sunlight that usually accompanies pride parades. Here, you can find cute summer dresses and vibrant accessories that are fun, but not too wild. The store also sells Toms that you can decorate with personal touches. Try tie-dying them or using markers to draw designs on the blank canvas styles. You can also pick up good-quality basics here like shorts and tank tops. Madam Butterfly sells Free People, whose namesake embodies the spirit of Pride Week, and whose clothing will make you look like the coolest 21st century hippy.

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All Things Right and Relevant
1640 East 8th St.
Davis, CA  95616
(530) 759-9648

Consignment shops and thrift stores are often great places to put together costumes. You can find clothing trends here that range from super-outdated to fairly recent, challenging you to creatively piece things together. Since inventory is constantly rotating, stop by to browse through the numerous racks of clothing. Perhaps you’ll find the perfect statement piece that screams “Wear me to a Pride parade!” All Things Right and Relevant sells clothing at affordable prices, so remember you can always take a good pair of scissors and alter things to look the way you want. An old jean jacket can be turned into a fringed jean vest to wear over a tank and a tutu. Be creative!

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Evangeline’s Costume Mansion
113 K St.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 448-2594

If you’re planning to go all out with your clothing, your best bet for finding the right pieces is to search through a costume shop. Sacramento has quite a few costume stores that sell a variety of attire. Evangeline’s Costume Mansion is a local favorite that is filled with interesting accessories and clothing. The upstairs level is a large showroom with several scenes of different costumes. Use the store’s styling as inspiration, but don’t feel the need to wear a cohesive costume; let yourself mix and match. For example, wearing a clown nose, a bikini top, a hula skirt paired with some tennis shoes is perfectly acceptable. Anything goes at Pride parades, so the more expressive your outfit, the better.

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2004 Del Paso Blvd.
Sacramento, CA
(916) 920-0932

Decades is another costume shop that sells a wide variety of apparel and accessories. The store groups costumes based on period and style, so it is easy to find what you’re looking for. Browse through the selection and gain ideas for your own outfit. If you want to wear a giant banana suit, this is the place to get one. Decades also sells more risqué costumes, which are not unexpected at Pride parades. Just be sure whatever you wear represents who you are as an individual and will let you be able to walk comfortably, dance around, and spread cheer.

Check out CBS Local’s Guide to Sacramento Pride

Caitlin Gaustad is a freelance writer and a fourth year student pursuing a Managerial Economics major and Spanish minor at the University of California, Davis. You can usually find her with the latest copy of a fashion magazine, which she reads cover-to-cover, admiring the styling and design of each layout. Caitlin is excited to bring you coverage of Davis fashion and trends. Her work can be found at