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The 2024 Chicago Pride Parade will begin in a few days, this year with a few changes.

The annual event marks the culmination of a month of Pride festivities, closing out June with one of the largest Pride parades in the country, and even the world, with more than a million people attending expected along the route.

This year’s parade is once again set to pass through Chicago’s iconic Lakeview neighborhood, as well as the Northhalsted, Uptown and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.

This will be the city’s 53rd Pride Parade and will serve as “the pinnacle event of Pride Month in Chicago.”

But this year also brings some changes, including a new time, a new route and a reduced number of floats.

Here’s what you need to know about the 2024 Pride Parade:

When is the Chicago Pride Parade?

The parade is scheduled to start on June 30.

What time is the pride parade?

The parade will change its start time from 12 p.m. to 11 a.m. and will now depart from Sheridan and Broadway, marking a new starting location for the annual event.

What is the route of the 2024 Chicago Pride Parade?

This year’s parade will be shortened by at least six to seven blocks and will start at a new location.

The 2024 route now begins at the intersection of Sheridan Road and Broadway. The parade will start at Sheridan and Broadway (3900 N. Broadway), continue south along Broadway to Halsted, east along Belmont to Broadway, then south to Diversey.

What else changes?

In addition to the new schedule and route, the size of the parade will also be reduced – with organizers citing security and logistical concerns from the city Department of Transportation and the Chicago Police Department.

This change means the parade will see a 35% decrease in participants, and organizers said priority will be given to LGBTQ+ organizations, groups, businesses and those with LGBTQ employee resource groups.

According to Pride Chicago, registration numbers will be capped this year from at least 200 to 125.

Will there be street closures?

Nearly two dozen parking restrictions and street closures will be in effect for the parade, many of which will begin the night of the previous Saturday. Most of the street closures last at least until Sunday evening, according to organizers, and others until Monday morning.

Here’s a full list of closures and parking restrictions, according to organizers.

Where can you cross the parade route?

Spectators can cross the parade at the following locations:

  • Irving Park/Broadway
  • Pardon/arrested
  • Addison/Halsted
  • Cornelia/Halsted
  • Buckingham/Halsted
  • Briar/Broadway
  • Wellington/Broadway

What is the forecast?

An early look at the forecast appears to show that Sunday will be partly cloudy, with highs near 80 degrees — a notable change from the severe weather that hit the region before the event.

Check here for the latest forecast updates.

Who will participate in this year’s Pride Parade?

The grand marshal of the 2024 Chicago Pride Parade is famous comedian Fortune Feimster, known for her stand-up as well as her roles in several notable television shows and films, including “The Mindy Project”, “The L Word: Generation Q” , “Office Christmas Party” and more. Feimster was named grand marshal of the parade with her wife Jax Smith. The duo will be joined by community grand marshals Art Johnston, Jose “Pepe” Pena and Myles and Precious Brady- Davis.

Feimster and Smith will, however, be at the head of the 2024 procession.

“We are honored to be named Grand Marshals of Chicago Pride,” Feimster said in a statement. “Chicago holds a special place in our hearts: home to a great comedy scene and the best audiences. It’s also where Jax and I first met nine years ago during Pride. As we celebrate our community and our anniversary, it feels like a beautiful, full-circle moment.”

Feimster and Smith’s love story began in 2015 during the Chicago Pride Parade, “just days after the Supreme Court’s historic ruling in favor of nationwide marriage equality,” said the organizers in their press release.

“Since then, they have shared a journey of love and commitment, culminating in their wedding in October 2020,” the statement said.

In addition to the grand commissioners, there will also be 150 registrations, an increase from the number of 125 the city initially gave organizers in March.

“You will see celebration floats, party-equipped vehicles, a variety of performing groups, a marching band, and many revelers on foot,” the parade website notes. “Parade participants will represent community organizations, businesses, government officials and individual community members, all coming together to commemorate history and celebrate the legacy of the fight for LGBTQ rights. »

What is the theme of this year’s parade?

The theme of this year’s parade is “Pride is Power,” which organizers say is intended to highlight the “fundamental role that the Chicago Pride Parade has played in creating visibility and promoting effective change for the LGBTQ+ community of the city and region for five decades.”

Where is the best place to watch the parade?

Organizers say the busiest section for parade viewing is on Halsted, between Belmont and Addison. Anyone wishing to watch at this location will need to arrive early to get the best view.

Another notable location is on Broadway from Belmont to Oakdale.

One place you probably won’t want to monitor is the assembly area north of Sheridan, which is “closed for assembly.”

How to get to the Pride Parade?

Parking near the parade will be limited and may become crowded, so officials encourage drivers to carpool or prepare to walk.

For those wishing to take public transportation, there are several CTA train stops along the route. These include:

  • Red Line: Wilson (just north of the parade starting point, you can go back south and avoid the crowded stops), Sheridan (not fully accessible), Addison, Belmont (the busiest stop!)
  • Brown Line: Belmont (the busiest stop!), Wellington, Diversey (near the parade finish point)

But with street closures in place, it’s likely that buses along the route will be diverted for the parade and rideshare services could also be affected by the closures and general congestion surrounding the parade.

Rideshare apps like Uber or Lyft may be an option, but keep in mind that traffic will likely be congested. Organizers suggest celebrants choose a drop-off location “several blocks from the parade route,” then walk from there.

Are pets allowed?

Pets are not allowed in the parade itself, but they are allowed along the entire route. Organizers note, however, that the course will be crowded and noisy and likely not the best environment for nervous animals.

Weather can also play a role in making the event safe for animals.

And alcohol?

While there are numerous restaurants and bars located along the route from which spectators can enjoy the festivities, open containers of alcohol outside of these establishments remain prohibited. Authorities said fines of up to $1,000 or more were possible.

Open containers of alcohol are prohibited. Additional police and security teams will enforce this policy and fines can be $1,000 or more.

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