Chicagos Northhalsted Pride Parade 2013


This years Pride parade kicks off at noon. on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June is the culmination of Chicago's vibrant LGBT community.The Pride Parade starts on the city's North Side and continues south through the East Lake View neighborhood, colloquially known as "Boys Town," and ends with a large gathering in Chicago's Lincoln Park.

On Sunday the roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 12 people deep as 750,000 or more people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. The parade features over 200 colorful floats, many with elaborate designs and filled with people in various states of dress from ornate costumes to the skimpiest of clothes leaving little to the imagination. The parade is flamboyant and joyful, but there is an "anything goes" mentality and those with delicate sensibilities should probably take a pass.

How did Pride begin?
The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a "Gay-In" that took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year, Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combating oppression.


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