The 47th annual Gay Pride Parade takes place in Chicago June 26. It’ll kick off at noon, starting at the staging area in Uptown at Broadway and Montrose and work its way down into Lakeview and onto Halsted in the heart of Boystown before heading east down Belmont back to Broadway then ending up near Diversey and Sheridan. More than one million spectators are expected to line the parade route, which will feature dozens of floats from locals businesses, politicians, bars, LGBT organizations and more.
Pride emerged following riots that began on June 28, 1969 at the Stonewall Inn in New York. Members of the LGBT community fought back against the way they were treated by police and city officials. The movement spread around the country — and eventually the world — with parades and celebrations happening all over. This year brings with it more importance and focus following the worst mass shooting in our country’s history when a lone gunman killed 49 people at Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse, earlier this month. It’s a moment that brought together many people around the country and is yet another reason to celebrate freedom and equality for all.