In a sea of rainbow flags and banners, more than 200 parade entries and a reported 1 million celebrated the Chicago Pride Parade 2013. Spectators lined the streets in the Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods for the 44th annual Pride Parade celebration. Attended by members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual and Transgender/Transsexual communities along with a host of politicians and other supporting groups.
The parade kicked 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.
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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Here are photos from the 2013 Pride Parade, filled with colorful floats and people showing their pride!
Chicago Pride Parade Photos!
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