Chicago prepares for Pride in the Park, parade weekend festivities

Chicago prepares for Pride in the Park, parade weekend festivities

CHICAGO (TOC) — Pleasure has taken over Chicago with the preparations underway from the North Facet all the way in which right down to Grant Park.

Police are on the brink of shut down streets and eating places are bracing for the weekend rush.

A wave of pleasure already taking up the neighborhood.

The anticipation for this weekend is just a little increased than common with the parade returning for the primary time since 2019.

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“So excited. It is truly my first satisfaction ever. I’ve by no means been to a satisfaction parade. I’ve by no means totally skilled what satisfaction is like in a big metropolis,” mentioned Edis Primary.

Greater than 1,000,000 individuals are anticipated to attend the weekend festivities with a mixture of first-timers and individuals who have seen this annual occasion for many years now.

“It is a enjoyable place, frankly, and individuals are having an excellent time, not imply spirited, not nasty and I feel everybody has an excellent nice time watching the nice parade,” mentioned Carl Plickner.

The weekend occasions kick off Saturday in Grant Park with The Chainsmokers headlining a slate of stay music.

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Come Sunday, the North Facet will probably be crammed with folks because the parade begins close to Montrose Avenue in Uptown earlier than making its manner as much as Diversey Avenue.

Pleasure supporters say all of those occasions create the right environment for folks to specific themselves.

“It is only a entire month to rejoice who we’re, how far we have come, and there is a lot to be completed throughout the neighborhood and a lot we will attempt ahead to,” Primary mentioned.

The stay music will go on all weekend at Grant Park, with a lot of performers and bands performing via Sunday night.

The 51st annual Chicago Pleasure Parade will step off at Montrose and Broadway on Sunday, June 26. You may watch it stay on ABC7 or wherever you stream from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

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