Chicago Annual Pride Parade
& June Pride Month
June Pride Month Calendar
Tips for Spectators
Pride Month History
LGBTQ Pride Parade
For information contact
Timothy Frye: (2020 Parade Coordinator) at PrideChgo@aol.com
Visitors to the site:
Since April 8, 2000
Photo credit: Susan Mattes
PRIDE PARADE 2022 Sunday June 26th at Noon
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center
9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL
The mission of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is expressed it its founding principle:
Remember the Past, Transform the Future. This, of course, can apply to many groups of people.
Rise Up: Stonewall and LGBTQ Rights Movement – a special exhibition at the museum – explores the
June 1969 police raid of the Stonewall Inn as the flashpoint that ignited the gay rights movement in the
United States. Blending historic images and 85 artifact displays including campaign posters for Harvey
Milk’s campaign for public office in San Francisco to an original rainbow flag signed by its creator
Gilbert Baker and early LGBTQ magazines and publications. The exhibit runs from October 17, 2021 to
May 8, 2022. While at the museum, you’ll find many other exhibits that illustrate vividly the terrible
dangers of prejudice and hatred. www.ilholocaustmuseum.org/exhibitions
Historically, in the 1970's and 1980's, Pride events were concentrated during a week called "Pride Week" in Chicago, as well as other cities nationwide. However, as the communities grew, there was a realization both locally and nationally that Pride Week needed to be expanded to "Pride Month" in order to accommodate the abundance of events. Spacing events over an entire month allows potential participants the choice of selecting events that they want to attend at their leisure.
Now, every year in Chicago, June Pride Month features close to one hundred different social, cultural, athletic and political events coordinated by various community organizations, groups and individuals. The events take place in different areas of the Chicago metro area. They include choral concerts, workshops, dances, picnics, religious services, plays, film screenings, 5K & 10 K runs, several festivals, a dyke march and the Annual Pride Parade, just to name a few.
Every year, these events are compiled by us, PRIDEChicago, to create the June Pride Month Calendar. The calendar is featured on our web site, and in local LGBTQ publications. If there is an event that an organization, group or individual wants to schedule during June Pride Month, all they have to do is to organize it, send us the information and it can be added to the the calendar for widespread exposure.
However, our primary responsibility is to coordinate the Chicago Annual Pride Parade. The parade is scheduled each year for the last Sunday in June.
Each year, parade entries, as well as groups sponsoring Pride Month events, have the option of using the international theme, or a theme or slogan of their own choice. This year's international theme is: "Exist. Persist. Resist.". No matter how an individual wants to commemorate and celebrate Pride, there is an event or function that can fit the needs of most people.
At the end of February, the information and registration forms for June Pride Month and the Pride Parade are sent to our email list. At that time, participants begin registering their entries. In addition, groups and individuals coordinating June Pride Month events begin submitting their events for inclusion on the June Pride Month Calendar (featured elsewhere on this web site.)
See Parade Information page for more details.