About the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2013:
This weekend hosts the annual Gay Pride Parade in Chicago on Sunday, June 30, 2013. The parade includes live entertainment and drag shows with some of Chicago's most popular female impersonators. Chicago's Gay Pride Parade has been held the last Sunday of June each year since 1970. The parade takes place in Chicago's Lake View neighborhood, usually starting on Halsted Street and proceeding north. The parade attracts over 500,000 spectators and roughly 250 entries/floats.
When is the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2013:
June 30, 2013 starting at noon.
Where is the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2013:
The parade kicks 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. (Also read: Taste of Chicago 2013
Admission to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2013:
Admission is free.
Are Pets Allowed at the Chicago Gay Pride 2013?:
Yes, pets are allowed, including, of course, service animals assisting people with accessibility needs. The parade does, however, strongly recommend leaving pets at home since the parade and is noisy, crowded and hot. Pets can sometimes be very startled by the crowds and sounds.
Getting to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade 2013:
Parking is tough in the Lakeview area of Chicago. Your best bet is to take the Red Line EL train to the Belmont Stop, or the Brown Line to the Wellington stop. The CTA 36 is also an option, but since it goes down part of the parade's route, it might not run. You could also take the CTA 151 down Sheridan to Belmont. (Also read: Taking Public Transit in Chicago
More about the Chicago Gay Pride Parade:
The Chicago Gay Pride Parade was first held in 1970 and is the culmination of June Pride Month, which celebrates LGBT culture with a series of various social, athletic, and political events. The parade takes place each year the last Sunday in June and is attended by hundreds of thousands of spectators. The parade features over 200 floats.
From the Chicago Pride Week website: "Pride Month in June is the culmination of Chicago's vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year in commemoration of the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots. Stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks are available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night. On Sunday the roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 12 people deep as 750,000 people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots near the beginning of the route along Broadway between Montrose Avenue and Sheridan Road or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway."
To learn more about Gay Pride Month in Chicago, read our guide on: Chicago Gay Pride 2013 - Chicago Backlot Bash 2013.