The Chicago 44th Annual Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday June 30 at 12 noon. The parade will start at the corner of Broadway and Montrose and will proceed  to  Broadway and into Halsted all the way to Belmont and will end up in Lincoln Park. This year an estimates of 850,000 people will attend the parade.

With over 200 entries featuring colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations, elected governmental officials and individuals, the parade is the culmination of June Pride Month that features close to one hundred different events including workshops, dances, choral concerts, book signings, 5k/10k runs, festivals, etc. of interest to the LGBT communities and allies.

The Grand Marshal for this year's parade is the openly gay former NFL football player Wade Davis, who played for the Tennessee Titans, Washington Redskins and Seattle Seahawks. Today Wade is an advocate for LGBT rights. Recently, Wade launched the YOU Belong Initiative, a series of 4-day comprehensive sports instruction and leadership development clinics for LGBTQ youth and straight allies that will be offered throughout the U.S. with the first one taking place in Chicago this summer at  Center on Halsted.

For more information contact Richard Pfeiffer, parade coordinator at 773-348-8243 or by email: PrideChgo@aol.com. You can visit  also ChicagoPrideCalendar.org .
 
 
by David Cohen 

Pridefest is coming this weekend, Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, 2013. For the first time Pridefest and the Chicago Gay Pride Parade (June 30, 2013) are on two different weekends, so we can celebrate our history and freedom and party for 9 days.

Visit our booth for a chance to win many great prices, Our cover story is the legendary openly gay songwriter/singer Levi Kreis. You may know Levi as the 2010 Tony Award Winner for his role as Jerry Lee Lewis in the musical Million Dollar Quartet. In his new CD Imagine Paradise was released this week on June 20, 2013, Levi goes back to his roots by embracing our history and his own identity, and he has a special gift for you!

Happy Pride!