The 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade kicked off Sunday with an emotional tribute to the victims of the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando. WeAreOrlando was the theme. How did Pride begin?
Our city recently elected its first openly gay mayor and pronoun buttons are gaining popularity, but the Pride parade is still just as much a gathering of people fighting for a cause as it is a celebration of what's been won. This year is particularly special as it marks the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, when Stonewall Inn patrons protested New York City police raids and started the gay liberation movement. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to participate on the sidelines as over-the-top entries parade by and Mayor Lori Lightfoot presides over it all as grand marshal.
Photograph from Weddstock protest, Chicago Maroon. Used with the permission of the Chicago Maroon.
Chicago is altering the route, size and starting time of its annual Gay Pride Parade to curb public drinking and accommodate crowds that toppedlast year. The most important change is the starting time. The parade held on the last Sunday in June will step off at 10 a. Complaints are that people actually bring their coolers and consume a lot.
Chicago's Pride Parade is one of the largest, by attendance, in the world. This event is taken place outside and celebrates Equal Rights for lesbiangaybisexualtransgender and queer people. Daley Plaza.
After the event kicked off as planned Sunday afternoon, severe storms heading into the area forced revelers to seek shelter until organizers and officials decided to halt the parade slightly early. The parade, expected to be one of the city's largest, started at noon Sunday at Broadway Street and Montrose Avenue, and worked its way south towards Diversey Street and Sheridan Road. Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the city's first openly gay mayor, was one of seven grand marshals and the first mayor to ride on a Chicago Pride Parade float.
Chicago Gay Pride is a huge gay event taking place each year in Illinois' largest city and includes a weekend festival and Parade on Pride Sunday. Historically, in the 's and 's, Pride events were concentrated during a week called 'Pride Week' in Chicago. Then Pride Week was expanded to 'Pride Month' in order to accommodate the abundance of events. Expect workshops, dances, picnics, plays, film screenings and more!
Over the last 50 years, the annual Chicago Pride Parade has evolved into one of city's biggest and most inclusive celebrations. Hundreds of thousands of locals and tourists crowd the streets of Boystown and Lakeview to celebrate the occasion, with the help of decorated floats, dance troupes and live music. Pfeiffer narrated the photos to life through personal stories and memories.
About 20 feet off Halsted Street, with the city's Pride Parade passing loudly and colorfully in the background, Jim Hughes cradled his drowsy 4-week-old son and made a prediction. Throughout Sunday's 41st Annual Pride Parade — from the grand marshal, a country music star who recently came out as a lesbian, to the youthful revelers who lined the streets — there was a cautious sense of hope that America is becoming a place where a person's sexuality is of little matter. Country music star Chely Wright, who waved to paradegoers from the back of a white convertible, said she is still overwhelmed by the response she has received since telling the world she's a lesbian. It's been wonderful.