June is Pride month and, here in Chicago, that means its parade time. Chicago, and in particular, Boystown, has a longstanding tradition of celebrating the LGBTQ community's continued strides for equality with a festival (which took place last weekend), and then the parade the following weekend. This weekend marks the 48th annual pride parade which will take place this Sunday, June 25, 2017. The parade begins at noon at Montrose and Broadway, and will continue throughout Uptown and Lakeview along Broadway and Halsted. As a long-time resident of the Lakeview/Wrigleyville area, it's a tradition that I am honored to attend every year to show my support for my friends and neighbors.
If this is your first pride, be prepared for large crowds! The number of people in attendance has hit close to a million in most recent years, and this year the crowd is expected to be just as large, if not larger. For this reason, a lot of the roads are closed and there are only a few places where pedestrians may cross the parade route to get to the other side of the street. Also, the weather forecast looks to be lower temperatures than usual (in the upper 60s/lower 70s) and a possible chance of rain, so be prepared to stand outside all afternoon in this type of weather.
Here is a helpful article from dnainfo Chicago with an abundance of information on where to get food, locations of first aid stations, where to park, where to cross the parade route, and what to bring (or not bring) with you: Pride Parade Info
We at Holwell Law Group want to wish all of our LGBTQ clients, colleagues, neighbors, family, and friends a safe and happy pride! Hope to see you this weekend at the parade!