PARADE INFORMATION                                                                      



DATE: Sunday, June 28

TIME: 12 Noon

STARTS at: Broadway & Montrose.

LINE UP: North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson); West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark) and Sunnyside Ave from Broadway to North Sheridan Road.

ROUTE: Step off from the Broadway/Montrose corner, proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.

CONTENT & DESCRIPTION
The parade will feature 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.

The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street). In recent years, the City of Chicago has required that several large city parades, including the Pride Parade, line their parade routes with barricades at our own expense. In addition, police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route.

$1000 Fine FOR PUBLIC ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION:
The parade will have more security and a tighter rein on public alcohol consumption. In addition to the large number of police officers who staff the event, PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators) are providing a security team of 90 off-duty police officers to supplement the police presence. Penalties include, but are not limited to, $1000+ tickets being issued and/or the immediate disposal of open containers of alcohol into trash receptacles.

PARADE DAY HEALTH/SAFETY: Bring plenty of bottled water and sunscreen and dress lightly.

STREET CLOSURES: (on parade day, Sunday, June 28) include:

ASSEMBLY AREA: Tentative time: 10:30 a.m.

PARADE ROUTE: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. The parade starts at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.

NO PARKING: Both the Assembly Area and Parade Route (listed above) will be posted with temporary signs indicating “NO PARKING ON SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2015, FROM 5:00 AM TO 8:00 PM. - Both sides of the street.”

Montrose Ave. - Greenview Ave. to Hazel St.
Broadway St. - Leland Ave. to Grace St.
Sunnyside Ave. - Broadway St. to North Sheridan Rd.
Halsted St. - Grace St. to to Belmont Ave.
Belmont Ave. - Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
Broadway St. - Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
Diversey Pkwy. - Broadway St. to Cannon Dr. (Sheridan)
Cannon Dr. - Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy.
Addison St. - 736 W. Addison St. to Sheffield Ave.
Waveland Ave. - Halsted St. to Broadway St.
Grace St. - Halsted St. to Fremont St.
Clifton from Montrose Ave. to Sunnyside Ave.

ADDITIONAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
There will be additional parking restrictions on Sunnyside Ave between Broadway and North Sheridan Road.
TOWING: Begins at 5:00 AM. Due to the volume of vehicles involved, the issuing of parking violation citations and towing will start at 5AM - Promptly.

CROSS STREETS: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan. This year there will NOT be a Buffer Zone on Halsted Street after the parade ends. Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets will not remain open to foot traffic.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: This year, you can get access to the parade from more CTA stations than before, including Wilson and Sheridan. From the Red Line, Wilson, Sheridan, Addison or Belmont all provide access via a short walk to the parade route.

PLEASE NOTE: The Belmont station (and the surrounding area) tends to become the most crowded, so you are encouraged to consider watching the parade from the other parts of the route, including areas toward the start of the route—such as Broadway, south of Montrose—which are served by both the nearby Wilson and Sheridan stations on the Red Line. In addition, a number of lakefront bus routes including the 146 and 151 provide convenient access from the north, the Gold Coast/North Michigan Avenue and downtown to areas east of the parade route.

Extra service will be provided on the “L’ on parade day to accommodate the large numbers of people who attend the parade. Due to the increase of local traffic and a number of bus reroutes, potential parade spectators are advised to make use of the L or the various bus routes.

BUS REROUTES:
8 Halsted, 22 Clark, 36 Broadway, 76 Diversey, 77 Belmont, 78 Montrose, 151 Sheridan, 152 Addison.
 Also see CTA web site or call them for updated information concerning the train and bus routes.
CTA: 1-312-836-7000  www.transitchicago.com
Other information on public transportation: 1-312-322-6900  www.metrarail.com

PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS:
There will be six cross-over streets:
Montrose Ave. at Broadway
Irving Park Rd. at Broadway
Grace St. at Halsted St.
Addison St. at Halsted St.
Roscoe St. at Halsted St.
Wellington Ave. at Broadway
At each corner of the streets listed above there will be police officers assigned to assist pedestrians to cross the parade route.

NEEDS AND SPECIAL NEEDS:
1. Portable Restrooms - are stationed along both the parade line-up street and the parade route. Included at several locations are restrooms for the physically challenged.
2. Physically Challenged Area/Wheel chair Accessible Area/Seniors - for people who need or want more space: the sidewalks of West
Diversey Parkway (near 600 W. Diversey). Traditionally this area of the parade route has fewer spectators than other sections of the
parade route. Spectators in these areas generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are
restrooms for the physically challenged.
3. Seniors (outdoor) - The area mentioned above in #2 (600 W. Diversey sidewalks) is a designated OUTDOOR area for seniors. Spectators in this area generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.
4. Cooling Busses -
Halsted, south of Belmont
Irving Park between Clark and Broadway
Addison, west of Halsted
Belmont, east of Broadway

For more information: www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org, PrideChgo@aol.com or 773-348-8243.