June 22, 2011

The Pride Parades

1970 image - Gay Chicago Rewind
by Chicago Pride.com 
'One year after the Stonewall uprising, Chicago's 1st Gay Pride Week took place with events ranging from a Gay Dance at the Aragon Ballroom, to Chicago Circle Campus workshops on topics ranging from "How Women of Gay Lib Relate to Women's Liberation" to "Legal Issues Concerning the Draft." The celebratory week culminated in 150-200 lesbians and gay men gathering at a Pride Rally and March In Bughouse Square. After inspiring speeches, waving banners and chanting "Gay Power," the marchers headed out on foot along sidewalks, down Dearborn to Chicago Ave, east to the Water Tower, then south on Michigan Ave. to the Civic Center (now Daley Plaza) for more speeches. Some marchers, caught up in the moment, circle-danced around the Picasso sculpture. Surprisingly nobody was arrested, though in the next Chicago Gay Lib newsletter, Rich Larsen noted: "By the time the group reached the Civic Center the pig brigade accompanying us numbered eight squadrons and two meat wagons." Read more from the link above.
within the Community of New Town (Boystown)
New Town was regarded as the most diverse community in Chicago. Although this community within Lake View had its issues this atmosphere of openness allowed the 'gay' establishments and LBGTQ folks to move northward out of the newly formed gentrified areas of near north side first near Diversey and Clark, then Broadway and finally Halsted. 
photo - Chicago History in Pictures
Advocate has a good article about the history nationwide
'The 2nd parade in 1971 moved north and was less political and more festive, starting at Diversey Harbor, going west to Clark Street, then south to the Free Forum at La Salle Street. Although at the tail end of it, Clark and Diversey was and had been the gay neighborhood since the mid-'60s when Chicago's gay nightlife centered around a clutch of bars in the area: the Century, 2810 N. Clark St., Ruthie's 2833 N. Clark St., and a triumvirate of drag bars, Chesterfield, 2831 N. Clark, Annex, 2863 N. Clark, and Orange Cockatoo 2850 N. Clark Street.' - Chicago Pride.com
'In 1972 an estimated 1,000 people braved hurled eggs and rocks as they set out from the lake, heading west along Belmont and then south on Broadway to the Free Forum for the rally; this would stay the route for some years.' 
Chicago Pride.com
(click on article to enlarge)
Drag Queens are the most photogenic, ya know - 1975
photo - Chicago.go Pride

Alan Light-Flickr photo - Leather Archives & Museum via  
via CWB Chicago
 3021 N Broadway - south of Barry Avenue
Alan Light photo - Leather Archives and Museum 
via CWB Chicago
According to Leather Archives & Museum the location is Broadway & Briar Place??
Alan Light photo - Leather Archives & Museum CWBChicago
 photo - Calumet412

  photo - Calumet412

 photo - Calumet412

approaching Diversey Parkway
 photo - Calumet412
photo - Calumet412
A protest at Daley Center that year
Before the parade Anita Bryant paid a visit to Chicago
that she did not expect. Read more about it below and 
view the parade that year via YouTube.
The parade route that year was from Halsted and Addison, going east to Broadway, south to Clark, then south on Clark to Fullerton, east on Fullerton to Stockton Drive, and finally south on Stockton to the Lincoln Park . About 3000 were in attendance.
The route change again , this time squarely in the neighborhood of Lake View and community of Boystown.
Day of Pride Proclaimed by the City
My thanks to my friend Marc Moder for this access to some photos featuring former mayor Jane Byrne and former alderman Bernie Hanson along Broadway Avenue @ this 14th annual parade.
The then Mayor Byrne on Broadway south of Roscoe - 1983 
photo - Calumet 412 via my friend Marc Moder
photo - Chicago.go Pride
corner of Broadway and Belmont Avenue 
with Evergreen Foods (Walgreens) on the right 
& Nettlehorst School on the left
photo - Gay Chicago Rewind 
1985 photo - The 'Rocks' Float + more photos
photos - TimeOut Chicago via Jason Szekeres  
1985 photo - Alan Light via NPR
1985 photo - Alan Light via CWB Chicago
photo - Alan Light via Flickr
Heading towards the park on Diversey Parkway
1985 photo - Alan Light via CWB Chicago
 chatting it up at the park after the parade
1985 photo - Alan Light via Flickr
 chatting it up at the park after the parade
1985 photo - Alan Light via Flickr
An 1985 editorial by 
Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page 
photo - Chicago.go Pride

1986 Parade - Chicago History Museum
During the 1970's activists began pushing for a gay-rights law in Chicago. The ordinance drafted by independent council members would have outlawed anti-LGBT bias in areas such as jobs and housing. The City Council voted against a proposed bill in 1979 and twice again in 1986.
A YouTube view!
Mayor Washington in Lincoln Park, the park
University of Illinois-Chicago via Explore Chicago
Time to Remember

page 2

photo - Chicago.go Pride
Grand Marshal for that year was Mayor Daley who was the first sitting Chicago mayor to lead the Chicago parade and the first honorary chairman of the Gay Hall of Fame. 
 page 2
heading towards the park at the tail end of the parade
photo - UC Special Collections Research Center-Facebook
Students from the University of Chicago head to the park while crossing Diversey Parkway
photo - UC Special Collections Research Center-Facebook
 Gay Chicago Magazine image - Chicago Pride
the original route
image - Ebay
scene along 3300 block of Broadway
photo Gay Magazine via Chicago Pride
photos - Chicago Pride
View more photos from Chicago Pride


View more photos from Chicago Pride
View more photos from Chicago Pride
 photo - Bobby Klamms, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Grand Marshal was George Takei (Captain Hikaru Sulu of Star Trek series) Attendance was reported at 400,000.
photo - Feast of Fun
photo - Wikiwand
photos - Garry Albrecht
 Miss Fooze
a counter demonstrator - always here to remind 
Lakeside Pride Freedom Band 
 Edison Wells as band leader  
Stanley Cup 
This  parade was coined 'One Heart, One World, One Pride'. The Grand Marshal was Chely Wright with a attendance of 450,000. Chicago Black Hawks were featured in the parade after winning the Stanley Cup.
This year's parade featured some 250 entries, including the city's new mayor, Rahm Emanuel, who has one-up'ed his predecessor by "working this Sunday" and planning to march in the event.
2011 October  
The parade route and time of the parade had changed.  Over 800k in attendance that year. The plan of this new route and earlier time will hopefully create a more controllable and seamless environment for parade and non-parades attendees. The new route will extend five additional blocks and travels down along one zig zagged line instead of an triangular island that trapped residents for hours. This new route will allow spectators and residents more access and space to view the parade starting at staging area on Montrose Avenue. The parade entries will be limited to 200 with less political floats. The old route create a closed triangular island that limited emergency vehicle access to the residents in the 'island'.
2011 November
The new time of the parade was changed from 10am back to its original time of noon.
The new parade route along Belmont Avenue would have conflicted with the Catholic mass ceremonies at Mt. Carmel Catholic Church and create no access to parish members to their parking lot.
More importantly, the pre-Pride parties of that morning (like the bloggers') will be saved although this blogger and his patrons will need to travel blocks (instead of down the street) to view the parade - less morning party celebration and more walking.
The New Route 2012
Green=Pride Route
Brown & Red=CTA elevated
Little Blue Figures=Access to other side of street only
the new staging area
photo - Chicago Tribune
 photo - Chicago Tribune
photo - Chicago Tribune
photo - Chicago Tribune
photo - Chicago Tribune
 photo - Chicago Tribune
 photo - Chicago Tribune
2012 parade was indeed something to celebrate.Three events happen this year. First, it's honorable to be openly gay in the military, second the president of the United States supported the idea of marriage between two same sex couples nationally, and third, the Illinois Attorney General echoed the presidents' opinion on marriage for the State of Illinois. The picture below sums it up for every year.
Enjoy other pictures from the Chicago Tribune and this video 

View more photos from Chicago Pride
The first Chicago mayor to attend in over a decade
photo - Chicago Go Pride
Link-views of the 2013 event from the Windy City Media GroupChicago Phoenix, and the Chicago Magazine, and Time Out Chicago with an apparent 800k  attendees.
Also in July 2013, the aftermath discussions began on the congestion and future plans on crowd control!
photo - Channel 7 News
Part of the celebration in 2014 was when the General Assembly passed, the Governor of the State of Illinois signed the Marriage Equality law in November of 2013. 
After the 45th annual there was more talk about moving the parade downtown after a million folks partied within the Boystown area but after a non-binding poll sponsored by the alderman's office the residents would have the parade stay put. Read commentary via Everyblock on the sentiment of keeping the parade on the north-side.
2015 March 
Will this be the last year for the parade in Lake View? Are the costs too high? Crime and drunkenness an issue? Read a good article from Crime in Wrigleyville + Boystown on the topic of location location location. According to DNAinfo podcast the city has decided 2015 will be a 
'make or break' year for the event in Boystown.
2015 June 
Organizers of the Pride Parade will hire 90 off-duty police officers to assist with crowd control, but neighbors say it might not be enough to quell potential evening mayhem according to an article by DNAinfo. While private parties, pre or post, occur anywhere on the Far north-side for the last couple of decades more public venues have been organized this year.  Now on that day ...
photos - Christopher Lee Paulsen
the I in Victory apparently got lost

The Mega Bar SideTracks float 
highlighting the Supreme Court decision 5-4
a marriage equality float
photos - Garry Albrecht
This years' celebration center on the marriage equality; Supreme Court decision that was decided a week before the parade. See more photos of the parade with this link. Also, read about the protest along the route that temporary delayed the procession along Halsted. Days after the parade the aftermath conversion renewed a call to add 'fest-like' characteristics to it.
Corporations see worth in a parade exposure via Chicagolist
 photo - Chicago Pride.com 
 photo - Chicago Pride.com 
The mass shooting at Orlando brought with it more security at this years event and with it an early end of the 'Pride on Montrose' celebration that are celebrated by 'folks of color' and their friends. Due to tighter security less arrests were made this year per DNAinfo.
 From the CTA
Greg Baird via Facebook 
Greg Baird via Facebook
Greg Baird via Facebook
photo - Chicago Pride.com
every mayor since Harold Washington
 have supported the parade and LBGTQ community
Jimmy Kays via Facebook
for decades Sidetracks has video-taped the parade from the roof of their building for their patrons who wish not join the near million of participants on the Halsted & Roscoe
Mark Aaron via Facebook
photo - Chicago Pride.com
 photo - Chicago Pride.com
photo - Chicago Cubs
Will this be the year??
photo - DNAinfo
One bright sight of many were the clouds of colored powder, tossed into the air by students and parents from local elementary school called Nettelhorst School in Lake View. A golf cart blasted music as participants were drenched in a rainbow of color according to DNAinfo. Read more about it!
2016 photo - jeffrey Lynch-Facebook
every June is Pride Month
Now Called 'LBGTQ Pride Parade'
'Chicago’s Gay & Lesbian Pride Parade' is changing its name for 2017, but no other significant changes are planned, according to permit applications that have been distributed to the Chicago Fire Department and the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications' according to CWB Chicago.

More Years to Come for Sure!

Post Note: Visit my post on the other parades and fest in
Lake View with this link with a brief history by Politics & City Life. And then view the endless photos of the parade on Flickr. 

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