Chicago Pride Parade

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Chicago's LGBTQ community and its allies gather in Boystown to celebrate with a rainbow-colored parade that attracts over one million attendees. This year, the annual extravaganza celebrates 50 years with a commemorative theme: Stonewall 50: Millions of Moments of Pride. Head to the parade route early to grab a prime spot before the procession starts rolling down Halsted and Broadway between Montrose and Diversey.

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Such a fun, positive and meaningful event. I have never had a bad experience in the 10 years I have been going/participating in. It is crowded but usually everyone is kind and friendly, despite being out in the heat and sun. I have seen the parade from all different angles, as a spectator, as a journalist and as someone who marches in it. I must say my preferred method of enjoyment is marching in the parade itself. It is literally an hour and half of being showered in love and support and being cheered on. This is a large event and the city and lakeview neighborhood do a great job of making it run smoothly and safely. Fun for all and is very important!