THINKING THURSDAY – (enjoy
learning something new!)
DATE: Sunday June 26
TIME: 12 Noon
STARTS at: Halsted & Belmont
LINE UP: Halsted Street (from Belmont Avenue to Fullerton Parkway)
ROUTE: Step off from Halsted/Belmont corner, proceeding north on Halsted; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey, to Cannon Drive (in Lincoln Park).
Ok yet AGAIN this year I’m gonna miss the parade. I’ve been wanting to go and watch it for years. Just like I’ve wanted to go to the St. Pat’s Parade AND Shefield Garden Walk. Dern it…
The parade will feature 250 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.
The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members.
Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).
The Chicago Pride Parade, also colloquially (and formerly) called the Chicago Gay Pride Parade or PRIDE Chicago, is the annual gay pride parade held on the last Sunday of June in Chicago, Illinois in the United States. It is considered the culmination of the larger Gay and Lesbian Pride Month, as promulgated by the Chicago City Council and Mayor of Chicago.
The first parade was organized on Saturday, June 27, 1970, as a march from Washington Square Park (“Bughouse Square”) to the Water Tower at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues, which was the route originally planned, and then many of the participants extemporaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. Daley) Plaza. Today the parade takes place through the main streets of Lake View East, a neighborhood enclave of the Lakeview community area. Recent parades have started at noon on Halsted Street, proceeding north from Belmont Avenue, passing the Center on Halsted at Waveland Avenue; south on Broadway (at Grace Street) to Diversey Parkway and east on Diversey Parkway to Cannon Drive.
With the increasing political participation of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans and the community’s relatively high financial resources through political action groups and as individual donors, Illinois politicians have increased their presence at the Chicago Pride Parade. Both the Illinois Democratic and Republican parties have been heavily represented, most noticeably by former Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Democrat, and former Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a Republican. Both had strong support from many gay and lesbian voters.
Laugh, learn and liven up your taste buds!