Chicago Pride marks 50th anniversary

The Chicago Pride Parade marches through the city every June. The bars of Boystown and Andersonville fill with people partying. But this year the party is going to be louder than ever because the Pride is to celebrate its 50th jubilee. The most important part of any Pride is the parade. The original Chicago march started on 27 June 1970 and walked from Washington Square Park to the Water Tower. It now sprawls for four miles, traveling through Boystown, Uptown, Lakeview, and ending in Lincoln Park. Floats are designed by both LGBT rights campaigners and regular queer folks of the Windy City. This year it’s held on Sunday 30 June, it is going to be watched by more than a million people. The weekend before the annual parade (22 to 23 June), Boystown is host to pride fest with live music, food, drinks and fairs. This year performers are Leann Rimes, Pabllo Vitta, Alex Newall, Ultra Naté and Jamie Wilson. The historic Grant Park is hosting its first ever LGBTI festival this year. Held on 29 June, Pride in the Park has a big line up, with Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoki headlining. Chicago’s lesbian district gets in on the party with its own three-day festival for Pride month. Taking pace on the 7, 8, and 9 June, the LGBTI community and our allies gather in Andersonville for live music, international food, over 100 artisan booths – and all with a Swedish twist. If you don’t like loud music and noisy parties, don’t hurry up to cross Chicago Pride out of the list of your must-attend events. Try to run for a noble cause. Proud run has raised nearly $600,000 for causes like the Gender Cool Project, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois and HOME. The route will take you across the lakefront and you can opt for a 5k, 10k or 21k for the strongest ones. It all will happen on June 29th, the day before the parade.