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Pride Parade Chicago Summary

Event Overview: The Chicago Pride Parade has been a staple of the Chicago gay community for more than 40 years, and is the culmination of a month-long series of events celebrating gay pride. The event is held every year on the last Sunday of June, and is the largest event in the gay community. Thousands of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people celebrate their sexuality, and plenty of straight people come to celebrate with them!  

What to Expect: With several hundred colorful floats, dazzling costumes, and plenty of fun, Pride Parade Chicago is a party that everyone is welcome to attend. 

  • Outrageous Costumes: Colorful costumes are always a big part of Gay Pride Chicago. With feathers, sequins, and neon colors, the costumes of this event are a visual feast! However, a word of warning - the "anything goes" mentality of Pride Parade Chicago can mean that some of the costumes are not always family-friendly
  • Large Crowds: The growing popularity of the Pride Parade route Chicago means that it is attracting more and more attention. Thousands of people now flock to the Chicago Pride Parade to catch a glimpse of the festivities and enjoy the atmosphere. In 2011, the parade attracted more than 750,000 people. 

Inside Knowledge: While it is almost impossible to avoid the crowds at Pride Parade Chicago, there are some areas of the parade that are less crowded than others. Try getting a spot near the end of the parade as most of the attendees will have congregated at the beginning or along the parade route. And make sure to get there early to get a prime spot.   

Event Hints:

  • Stay Hydrated: The parade lasts several hours, and then the party continues long after the floats have passed through. Being in the  hot sun all day makes it easy to get dehydrated during the festivities, so between the shouting and the dancing, keep drinking (water, that is). 
  • Wear Sunscreen: There is limited shade along the Gay Pride Chicago parade route, so make sure to reapply sunscreen throughout the day. Your skin will thank you at the end!

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Pride Parade Chicago



Pride Parade Chicago

Chicago, US
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Event Dates

Jun 29,2014

Flamboyant Fun and Outrageous Outfits at Gay Pride Chicago.

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Event Quick Facts

  • Pride Parade Chicago has been a long-standing tradition in the Windy City with the first parade beginning back in 1970.
  • The Chicago Pride Parade is the culmination of June's Pride Month events.
  • Every Pride Parade Chicago has a theme with which participants try to match their costumes and their floats to. 2011's theme was "Pride Around the World".
  • There are more than 250 floats that participate in Chicago Pride Parade every year. 



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Belmont or Addison (Red Line)

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