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Members of the LGBT community and their friends gathered under sunny skies for the 46th annual Pride Parade.
Photograph: Anthony Soave

Chicago Pride Fest has been postponed—and the Pride Parade might be next

One of the city's largest LGBTQ+ celebrations has been pushed back to Labor Day.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Joining a string of high-profile event cancelations that includes the Chicago Blues Festival, the annual Memorial Day Parade and the Chicago House Music Conference & Festival, today the Northalsted Business Alliance announced the postponement of the Chicago Pride Fest, originally set to take place on June 20 and 21. The LGBTQ+ street festival traditionally takes place the weekend before the Chicago Pride Parade (scheduled for June 28), featuring two days of live music, drag performances and vendors on the streets of Boystown. Organizers have moved the festival to Labor Day weekend, when it's slated to take place on September 5 and 6.

No official announcements have been made about the status of the Chicago Pride Parade, a gigantic procession through the city's North Side that regularly draws more than one million spectators, including thousands of visitors who come to town to attend the event. In a statement made to the Windy City Times, Chicago Pride Parade organizer Tim Frye said that, "Unless something astonishing happens, I think it's unlikely we'll be on for June 28."

As organizers of summer events begin to make decisions about whether to cancel or postpone, we'll be adding the latest information to our list of Chicago event cancellations.

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