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Celebrating Pride, One Brunch at a Time

One Pride reveler’s favorite brunch traditions and 8 tasty recipes to make at home.
May June 2023

When it’s Pride month, a fun-filled brunch with good company, good energy, and plenty of mimosas is never far away. That’s according to Montez B. of New York, who’s attended Pride events every year since the age of 21. “It was like nothing I’d ever experienced before,” says Montez of his first Pride celebration in Washington, D.C. “Even though I was surrounded by thousands of people, no one felt like a stranger. We were all there to have a good time and celebrate the things that made us different.”

Whether it’s a big group in a crowded restaurant or a more intimate gathering at home, “Pride brunch is mandatory,” Montez explains, and is as much a part of the Pride experience as rainbows and roaring crowds. “I need to attend at least one every year.”

Though it might bear some resemblance to the traditional Sunday morning get-together, the Pride version is “like  brunch on [another level]. The energy is just different,” says Montez. “Everyone is in a great mood. We’re usually reliving – or filling in the blanks from – the night before or anticipating all the shenanigans that will come later that day.”

Another thing that distinguishes a Pride brunch: inclusion and having a roaring good time with people you might not otherwise meet. Montez recalls his favorite experience, which happened just last year. “It was a little different than the ones I’ve attended before. My straight friend invited me to brunch with his amazing mom who happens to be a lesbian. I felt a little silly showing up in my glittery parade attire at first. The bottomless bellinis and hysterical conversations remedied that, though.”

When it comes to the menu, “mimosas and cocktails are a must!” Montez insists. “While some of the brunches I’ve attended have been classier than others, that is one thing that remains universal.” As for the rest of the spread, it varies, but for Montez: “I’m happy as long as good, crispy bacon is on the menu. Pancakes, omelets, and some form of fried potato are a welcomed bonus.”

This is typically an anything-goes affair when it comes to who, what, and where. One pitfall to avoid, however, is starting the festivities too early. Montez recalls of last year’s brunch: “I had to politely explain that there was zero chance that I could make it to any reservation before noon!”

If the idea of an all-inclusive, boisterous brunch sounds appealing, even if you’re not attending other Pride events, consider hosting one at home. Gather some fabulous friends and say “cheers!” with these simple but special recipes fit for a crowd.

1. Eggs Benedict

This restaurant favorite is a fixture on fancy brunch menus everywhere, and no one has to know how easy it is to make. For the prettiest poached eggs, add a splash of white vinegar to the cooking water, then pile high on toasted English muffins with savory ham and creamy hollandaise.  

2. Cast-Iron Cinnamon Rolls with Maple-Bacon Glaze

Four ingredients and a cast iron skillet are all you need for this salty-sweet showstopper. Smoky bacon and maple syrup upgrade store-bought cinnamon roll dough that bakes up gently crisped on the outside, soft and fluffy on the inside. 

3. Baked Hash Browns with Eggs

We agree with Montez, crispy potatoes are always welcome at the table , especially when they’re this simple to make for a big group. Pre-shredded potatoes streamline prep for a deluxe side or a satisfying meal  with sunny side up eggs that bakes on a sheet tray. 

4. Quinoa Fruit Salad with Lime and Mint

Add a bright pop of color and nutrients to your spread with this five-ingredient fruit salad. Nutty quinoa adds protein and fiber to a mix of any fresh fruit you like before being accented with tangy lime juice and refreshing mint. 

5. Overnight Sheet Pan Pancakes

Treat your guests to an assortment of mouthwatering pancakes, no griddle or flipping required. Whip up the batter the night before, add your favorite toppings, and bake on a sheet pan for 10 golden flapjacks that are served cut into squares. 

6. Brunch Grazing Board

This striking grazing board of brunch munchies offers something for everyone. Loaded with store-bought items like mini bagels and cream cheese, hardboiled eggs, bacon, and quiche, it’s a stress-free way to satisfy a crowd.

7. Ultimate Bloody Mary Bar

The classic brunch cocktail gets a DIY upgrade with this celebration-ready Bloody Mary bar. Unique garnishes like chicken tenders and shrimp add extra flare to a combination of vodka and tomato juice with the zing of pickle brine and horseradish.  

8. Chocolate Peanut Butter Bark

This fudgy bark with swirls of peanut butter and cookie dough is a Pride-worthy dessert that will also keep you fueled on the parade route. Ingredients by Love Good Fats® and Peanut Butter & Co.®, two industry leaders raising the visibility of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community, make it extra sweet. 


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