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June 21, 2011

The Pride Parades of June

So to Create Awareness
1970 image - Gay Chicago Rewind
My Personal Pride 
by this blogger
Back in 1986 I meet Tim & Jim. These two adopted me into their community & their family of friends during a time when the community was suffering the worst from HIV. They both taught me about safe sex and life as we knew it. I was adopted twice in my life; first in 1955 by Tom & Marge and then again in 1986 - kinda lucky that way!
by Chicago 
Pride Parade 1970
'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
Pride Parade 1971
'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 Parade 1972
'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 Parade 1973 
Pride Parade 1974
(click on article to enlarge)
Drag Queens are the most photogenic, ya know - 1975
Pride Parade 1976
Diane Alexander White photographer 
3 photos via Chicago Reader

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
Pride Parade 1977  
 photo - Calumet 412

  photo - Calumet 412

 photo - Calumet 412

approaching Diversey Parkway
 photo - Calumet 412
photo - Calumet 412
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.
Pride Parade 1981
Day of Pride Proclaimed by the City
Pride Parade 1982
Nazis vs "those queers"
No or little press coverage 
Pride Parade 1983
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
Pride Parade 1984
photo - Chicago.go Pride
Pride Parade 1985
corner of Broadway and Belmont Avenue 
with Evergreen Foods (Walgreens) on the right 
& Nettlehorst School on the left
photo - Gay Chicago Rewind 
all photos below by Alan Light

1985 photo - The 'Rocks' Float 
Chicago's Mayor Byrne

Heading towards the park on Diversey Parkway

 chatting it up at the park after the parade
 chatting it up in the park after the parade
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 link view!
photo - James R Anderson
via Forgotten Chicago Discussion Group
Mayor Washington in Lincoln Park, the park
University of Illinois-Chicago via Explore Chicago
Pride Parade 1988
Time to Remember

page 2

 Pride Parade 1989  
above image - East Lake View by Matthew Nickerson 
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. 
Pride Parade 1990
 page 2
Pride Parade 1991
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
Pride Parade 1992
image - East Lake View by Matthew Nickerson
 Gay Chicago Magazine image - Chicago Pride
Pride Parade 1994

Pride Parade 1998
the original route
image - Ebay
scene along 3300 block of Broadway
photo Gay Magazine via Chicago Pride
 Pride Parade 2003
photos - Chicago Pride
View more photos from Chicago Pride
Pride Parade 2004


View more photos from Chicago Pride
Pride Parade 2005
View more photos from Chicago Pride
 photo - Bobby Klamms, Forgotten Chicago-Facebook
Pride Parade 2006
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 Flooze
Pride Parade 2007
Pride Parade 2008
a counter demonstrator - always here to remind 
Pride Parade 2009
Lakeside Pride Freedom Band 
 Edison Wells as band leader  
 Pride Parade 2010
The 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.
Pride Parade 2011
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" 
  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, more walking.
Pride Parade 2012:
The New Route
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 
Pride Parade 2013

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!
Pride Parade 2014
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 DNAinfoWhile 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
Pride Parade 2016
 photo - Chicago 
 photo - Chicago 
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
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
 photo - Chicago
photo - Chicago Cubs
Will this be the year??
photo - DNAinfo
Remembrance that Day
 photo - Chicago
 photo - Chicago
 photo - Chicago
 photo - Chicago
photo - Chicago
 photo - Chicago
This parade was also meant in remembrance of the victims of the Orlando, Florida mass murders that happened days before the parade in Chicago. An accounting from an article from DNAifno - 'Despite forewarning of thunderstorms predicted during majority of the 47th annual Chicago Gay Pride Parade, skies remained mostly clear after a brief drizzled moment before the parade began. The rain gave way to a moment of silence at Broadway and Montrose, honoring the 49 victims of the Orlando shooting on June 12. Their photos and names led the parade. "The most important thing to remember is that love will always conquer hate," said Jason Mendes-McAllister, a Chicago resident carrying a banner for his slain friend, Edward Sotomayor Jr. "Eddie was always about compassion for others, no matter if he had never met you before. "There's a lot of love in the community today, and that's what Eddie embodied."
2016 photo - jeffrey Lynch-Facebook
every June in Chicago is Pride Month
Now Called 'LGBTQ 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.
with the increased crowds comes ....
Pride Parade 2017
 2 photos - Larry Masson
prepping for the parade the day before at Hollywood Beach
This year a CTA Pride Train
2 photos - CTA
photo - Micheal Weber
The Pride Train pulls up to the Belmont Station
Chicago Skyline Preps for Sunday's parade 
photo - via Mark Schmieding
photo - Marlene Abel Calderon Picture of Chicago-Facebook
Lake View East Chamber of Commerce celebrates

photo - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
More personal prepping 

photo - Paul Montodo
My friend's per-parade drink
photo - Greg Baird
Street Closures in Place

photo - Lake View East Chamber of Commerce
Security in Place
with an alert from CWB Chicago Boystown
photo - Anthony Meade
According to Anthony Meade, a freelance photographer, this is the second year that snipers were posted along the parade route for security.
Camping out along the Parade Route 
 photo - Lance Fross Wiede
photo - Anthony Meade
photo - Greg Baird
photo - Greg Baird

,photo - Greg Baird
 photo - Greg Baird

 photo - Greg Baird
photo - Greg Baird

photo - Greg Baird
photo above - Thrillist
photos below all by DNAinfo

Pride 2018
photos by Bob Segal

 Ru Paul 

Pride in the Park Grant Park
for the 50th Pride Year
This event is a one-day music festival featuring Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoki as headliners, will happen June 29 in Grant Park’s Butler Field, drawing inspiration from Lollapalooza and electronic music festivals. The festival is produced by Dreambrite, a special event planning company co-founded by Dusty Carpenter, director of operations at Another Round Hospitality Group, and Ramesh Ariyanayakam, co-owner of the Kit Kat Supper Club and Lark Restaurant Bar in Boystown. While the event celebrates the LBGTQ community in Chicago it is a private event with a $50 price tag. 
Pride 2019
photo via Curbed Chicago
planning is everything ...

snips from Curbed Chicago
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these LGBTQ folks from the swift completion of their appointed rounds. It has never ever rain on this parade since its inception – never ever!!
‘Although cut short by severe thunderstorms, Chicago’s Pride Parade drew an impressive crowd along its four-mile route between Uptown and Lincoln Park on Sunday. This year’s event commemorated the 50th anniversary of the famous uprising following police raids on New York’s Stonewall Inn in 1969, a seminal moment in the LGBTQ rights movement. Lori Lightfoot, Chicago’s first openly gay mayor, presided over the festivities as Grand Marshall. While Pride is always a feast for the senses, this year’s edition got an extra pop of color thanks to new rainbow crosswalks along Halsted. As the party unfolded on street level, parade-goers also captured impressive shots of an ominous shelf cloud rolling in overhead. A sudden downpour did little to derail the festivities—at least until officials were forced to delay and ultimately cancel the celebration around 3 p.m. Hundreds of organizations, clubs, and companies participated in the parade. One of our personal favorites was AIA Chicago’s LGBTQI + Alliance, which marched with over-sized models of some of Chicago’s most recognizable skyscrapers including Willis Tower, the building formerly known as the John Hancock Center, and Jeanne Gang’s upcoming Vista Tower.’
 – per Curbed Chicago
As additional note, this year marks the first time in a nation’s history there is a serious LGBTQ contender for the White House for the 2020 election – Mayor Pete.
It was interesting weather ...
photos via Curbed Chicago

photo below - forgotten source
Pride 2020
Canceled for the First Time
Pride 2021
May 2021

Post Notes: 
Terri Klinsky, a contributor to my Facebook site called LakeView Historical has been collecting parade pins since 1979. This was documented in 2018 in the local press.
Other Notes:
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. 

Important Note:
These posts are exclusively used for educational purposes. I do not wish to gain monetary profit from this blog nor should anyone else without permission for the original source - thanks!