Sunday’s 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade led with a remembrance of the 49 shooting victims killed in the attack earlier this month on Orlando’s Pulse nightclub. Parade participants carried signs with the names and photos of each of the deceased, and a hush fell over the crowd as the front of the parade made its way down the route. Following behind were an array of more than 150 floats and groups, including grand marshal Monica Raymund of NBC’s Chicago Fire and Lookingglass’s Thaddeus and Slocum and an array of LGBT organizations and corporate allies. A number of politicians walked the route to signal their support for the community, ranging from all five members of City Council’s LGBT Caucus and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to both incumbent Republican U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk and his opponent, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. The forecast of thunderstorms happily proved false, with sun breaking through the clouds by early afternoon. Check out photos from the festivities below.
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