By Stephen Ruiz
Since it’s commencement in 1970, Chicago’s annual Pride Parade has continually grown over the years; making it the largest of its kind, by attendance, in the world. Once a year, on the last Sunday in June, thousands of the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) community and supporters crowd Chicago’s Uptown and surrounding neighborhoods in celebration and awareness for LGBT and human rights. According to the attendance chart, there was a dramatic increase in attendees from 2010 to 2011, while additionally doubling in attendance the last four years.
While there are numerous events that take place throughout the summer in Chicago, the Chicago Pride Parade remains one of the most popular free to all ages events in the Windy City; and for good reason, the Chicago Pride Parade offers numerous events for entertainment beyond the parade itself including food and drinks, live music and dancing.
As stated by Chicago Pride, the celebration began following a rebellion against a routine police raid against LGBT patrons at Stonewall Inn in New York City during the month of June 1969. The following year, a commemoration was held honoring those rebels who stood up for LGBT rights. It is from these historical beginnings that the annual parade has taken place.
Numerous tips are additionally given by Pride-goers who suggest the best locations to dine, park and enjoy the parade festivities. The 2017 Chicago Pride Festival is set to take place during the weekend of June 24-25.