Chicago Pride Parade
The Chicago Pride Parade, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, is the annual pride parade held on the last Sunday of June in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is considered the culmination of the larger Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, as promulgated by the Chicago City Council and Mayor of Chicago. 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 lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. Also known as the celebration of LGBTQ Rights.
The first parade was organized on Saturday, June 27, 1970, as a march from Washington Square Park ("Bughouse Square") to the Water Tower, but then many of the participants spontaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. Daley) Plaza. For many years, the parade was held only in Lake View East, a neighborhood enclave of the Lakeview community area. Recent parades have expanded their outreach (and ability to handle crowds) by extending the route into the Uptown neighborhood, beginning at the corner of Broadway and Montrose. The parade then proceeds south on Broadway to Halsted, continues south on Halsted to Belmont, then east on Belmont to Broadway and finally south again on Broadway to Cannon Drive and Lincoln Park.
With the increasing political participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and the community's relatively high financial resources through political action groups and as individual donors, Illinois politicians have increased their presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. Both the Illinois Democratic and Republican parties have been heavily represented, most noticeably by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican. Both had strong support from many gay and lesbian voters.
On June 28, 2009, more than 500,000 spectators watched the 40th Annual Chicago Pride Parade. Among the entries were several marching bands, dance troupes, twirlers, and many political figures. The 2010 parade featured an appearance from the Chicago Blackhawks' Brent Sopel and the Stanley Cup as part of the Chicago Gay Hockey Association's float. Sopel appeared in the parade to honor Brendan Burke, the gay son of the Maple Leafs' GM Brian Burke. Due to Chicago being one of the largest cities with a massive sports community, some other special guests have attended the Gay Pride Parade in Chicago, those include David Kopay (NFL running back), Billy Bean (major league outfielder) and Greg Louganis (Olympic diver).A Month of Coming-Out Parties
The 2011 parade included 250 entries and was attended by over 800,000 spectators, almost double the previous year, causing massive overcrowding and resulted in a reorganization of the parade route for the 2012 parade. Starting in 2013 the Chicago Pride Parade has reached over one million people each year, and the number continues to grow.
In October 2019, Richard Pfeiffer, director of the Parade since 1974, died.
Pre Parade CelebrationEdit
This year marks the 19th Annual Pre Parade Celebration, also known as Chicago's two day long Pride Festival. This years Chicago Pride Festival saw over 100,000 people, the festival is held on the Saturday and Sunday before the Pride Parade. Each year there is a suggested ten dollar donation while entering the festival for LGBTQ fundraisers, events, etc. The festival is open rain or shine and each year it is held in Boystown, this year it was located on Halsted Street from Addison to Grace Street. The streets are blocked off from traffic so the celebration can take place throughout the streets all weekend long. The hours of the Pride festival are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday prior to the Pride Parade. Each year there are multiple different performers performing on the three main stages at the festival, some of this years performers included Betty Who, LeAnn Rimes, Pabllo Vittar, Alex Newell and Inaya Day. The Pre Parade Celebration is just one of the many events held in Boystown in the month of June. Pride Month is an entire month long of LGBTQ celebrations, and Chicago Pride Fest is the perfect way to get the LGBTQ Community pre-hyped for the Annual Chicago Pride Parade.
Dates and AttendanceEdit
|1st||June 28, 1970||150–200|||
|2nd||June 27, 1971||1,000|||
|3rd||June 25, 1972||1,000-1,500|
|4th||June 24, 1973||1,000-2,000|
|5th||June 30, 1974||2,000|
|6th||June 29, 1975||2,000-3,000|
|7th||June 27, 1976||3,000|
|8th||June 26, 1977||3,000|||
|9th||June 25, 1978||10,000|
|10th||June 24, 1979||10,000|
|11th||June 29, 1980||10,000|
|12th||June 28, 1981||20,000|
|13th||June 27, 1982||30,000|||
|14th||June 26, 1983||30,000|
|15th||June 24, 1984||30,000+|
|16th||June 30, 1985||35,000|
|17th||June 29, 1986||40,000|
|18th||June 28, 1987||40,000+|
|19th||June 26, 1988||50,000|
|20th||June 25, 1989||60,000+|||
|21st||June 24, 1990||100,000|||
|22nd||June 30, 1991||100,000+|
|23rd||June 28, 1992||115,000|
|24th||June 27, 1993||140,000|
|25th||June 5, 1994||160,000|||
|26th||June 25, 1995||175,000|
|27th||June 30, 1996||150,000|
|28th||June 29, 1997||200,000|
|29th||June 28, 1998||200,000+|
|30th||June 27, 1999||250,000|
|31st||June 25, 2000||350,000|
|32nd||June 24, 2001||350,000|
|33rd||June 30, 2002||350,000|
|34th||June 29, 2003||375,000|||
|35th||June 27, 2004||375,000|||
|36th||June 26, 2005||450,000|||
|37th||June 25, 2006||400,000|||
|38th||June 24, 2007||450,000|||
|39th||June 29, 2008||450,000|||
|40th||June 28, 2009||500,000|
|41st||June 27, 2010||450,000|||
|42nd||June 26, 2011||750,000|||
|43rd||June 24, 2012||850,000|||
|44th||June 30, 2013||1,000,000|||
|45th||June 29, 2014||1,000,000+|||
|46th||June 28, 2015||1,000,000+|||
|47th||June 26, 2016||1,000,000+|||
|48th||June 25, 2017||1,000,000+|||
|49th||June 24, 2018||1,000,000+|||
|50th||June 30, 2019||1,000,000+|||
The Chicago Pride Parade is held on the last Sunday in June (except for in 1994), the weather for the Parade is usually warm and dry. Typically the weather is very good for a long outdoor event, such as the Annual Pride Parade. The average high temperature at O'Hare airport for the parade day since 1970 is 83 degrees, the average low is 61 degrees, and 22% of parade days have seen measurable precipitation. The warmest pride parade was 99 degrees in 1983 and the wettest pride parade was in 1978 when 0.92 inches of rain fell that day.June Daily Weather Records for Chicago Illinois Thus far the weather has been exceptional for the Pride Parade held on the last Sunday every year of June.
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