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 .