Chicago's 45th Annual Pride Celebration
The 45th Annual Pride Celebration showcases the diversity, culture, and vibrancy of the LGBT community right in the heart of Chicago. The Celebration encompasses cheering crowds and parades of participants, which combine to create a unique experience.
The Pride Festival from June 21st to June 22nd, will kick off the celebration. This two-day festival will take place along the famed Halsted strip in Chicago. The second part of the celebration, the world-famous Pride Parade is scheduled for June 29th, 2014. The four-mile parade starts at noon, at the Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown intersection.
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of members of the LGBT community that occurred at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village in New York City. The rebellion was in response to a routine police raid that occurred on June 27th, 1969. Exactly one year following the raid, on June 27th, 1970, a “Gay-In” was the official igniter of the current celebrations. The Pride Celebration in Chicago started in 1972 and has grown to be one the largest and most well known events in the world.
The Pride Parade is a celebration of June Pride Month and is organized by PRIDEChicago, under the direction of long time coordinator, Richard Pfeiffer. The Parade organizers have announced there will be over 200 colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, and walkers during the parade. The participants will represent community businesses, organizations, elected government officials and individuals. The 2014 official line-up will be announced closer to the event start date.
Grand Marshals for the Pride Parade have always been a “who’s who” of the entertainment, sports, and political industries. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is openly gay, former NFL football player, Wade Davis. Davis has played for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks, during his football career.
Both of the events are free and open to all ages. A voluntary donation is requested at the entry gates, which will be used to support community programs. Chicago Pride Parade parking passes are also available to ease parking for participants, but are extremely limited. Other parking and transportation routes can be found on the Chicago Transit website.
For more information, tips, and news be sure to also visit the Chicago Pride website as well as the Chicago Pride Facebook page. The Pride Calendar is also available on the website which displays all of the events occurring in Chicago for the month of June.
When: June 21st and 22nd (Festival) June 29th (Parade)
Where: Halsted Strip, Chicago (Festival) Montrose Avenue and Broadway (Parade)
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