Chicago Pride Parade Draws Huge Attendance Despite Rain

To show solidarity for the LGBTQ+ community, hundreds of thousands gathered in Chicago on Sunday for the city’s Pride Parade, the biggest Pride celebration in the Midwest.

Attendees showed up despite the rain as the parade began and sparkled along Broadway and Halsted.

“This is actually my first Pride Parade, and it’s just exciting to be around people who are like me and everything; it’s just a very welcoming place,” parade-goer Maddie Ostap said.

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and First Lady M.K. Pritzker all spoke about LGBTQ+ plus rights during a pre-parade VIP event organized by Equality Illinois.

M.K. Pritzker stated, “All I have to say is more glitter, less Twitter.”

“This was a protest march many years ago, and it’s evolved into a sort of combination, so very, very proud to be here every time and proud to be with Equality Illinois,” added Governor Pritzker.

The march marked the conclusion of a month-long celebration of pride, including Pride in the Park and Chicago Pride Fest, which occurred a week earlier.

“Illinois is an accepting state; we believe that the standards of acceptance and tolerance are fundamental to democracy…” according to Durbin.

The Northhalsted neighborhood in Chicago, as well as other North Side communities, saw a significant financial boost as a result of Sunday’s Parade.

Attendee Jose Perea remarked, “What an amazing time to be alive; we’re out here to support all our local g@y businesses and people.”

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