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June 28 saw WorldPride head to New York City to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. TPG had their own special float in the parade which was, of course aviation themed. The TPG Boeing 747 “Equality Airlines” featured TPG staff and readers from around the world raising money for the Rainbow Road charity.

TPG float in the WorldPride parade
TPG float in the WorldPride parade

To celebrate this special occasion, Virgin Atlantic organised a special one-off flight from London Heathrow (LHR) to New York (JFK) that was packed with as much LGTBQ+ pride as you could fit in one aircraft. Think DJ’s, drag queens, non-stop celebrations, drag bingo, special cocktails, inflight giveaways, costumes, surprise celebrations and a welcoming committee in New York.

Understandably, since this was the most fabulous way to travel across the pond for WorldPride, the flight was absolutely packed with LGBTQ+ party goers and supporters and sold out in less than 24 hours. Virgin Atlantic invited TPG on this special flight and Contributor Eric Rosen had a fabulous time.

But there were four passengers who had little idea exactly what they had booked – the family of four from the UK with Mum Kerry, Dad Sean and two small sons Calum and Cody. The family was unaware of the full extent of the party until they boarded this flying nightclub. Mum Kerry told The Daily Mail that after booking what they thought was a normal flight, Virgin Atlantic contacted them to simply advise them it was ‘a special Pride flight’. They were given the option of moving to another day, but that did not work for their travel plans, so they decided to brave the Pride Flight.

The result? They absolutely loved it.

Image by Kerry Powell

Adorable footage of the family has emerged showing them certainly standing out amongst the alternative crowd dancing on their seats to Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’. The family reported that they had a ‘fantastic day. It was brilliant, the kids enjoyed it and the eight hours flew by”.

Photo by PA
Photo by Kerry Powell / PA

The flight was crewed entirely by LGBTQ+ pilots and crew, showing the diversity of Virgin Atlantic’s workforce. The flight was such a success that Virgin’s famous founder, Sir Richard Branson immediately announced it would return next year.

In retrospect, the family lucked out. How could kids not be fully entertained on a flight like this? Flying is probably now ruined for them forever since nothing could compare to this flight … at least until it hits the skies again next year. Just be quick with the booking as next year’s flight will also likely sell out within hours.

Featured image courtesy of PA.

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