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(updated June 26)
Chicago 45th Annual Pride Parade
(the parade is scheduled each year for the last Sunday in June.)
DATE: Sunday June 29th
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, two marching bands 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. (See elsewhere on this website for "Ten Tips for Spectators").
Alcohol consumption should NOT take place along the parade route. Open containers containing alcoholic
beverages are illegal on the streets and sidewalks. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket from the Chicago Police Department. The ordinance was updated last year with higher fines and penalties! Public urination can also result in a costly citation (ticket).
Instead, bring plenty of bottled water and sun screen and dress lightly.
STREET CLOSURES: (on parade day, Sunday, June 29) include:
ASSEMBLY AREA: Tentative time: 10:30 AM.
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 29, 2014 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 to North Sheridan Road
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 to Sheffield Ave.
Waveland Ave.- Halsted St. to Broadway St.
Grace St.- Halsted St. to Fremont St
Clifton from Montrose to Sunnyside
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 watch the parade from the other parts of the route, including areas toward the start of the route, such as Broadway, south of Montrose.....areas 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.
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 St.
Irving Park Rd. at Broadway St.
Grace St. at Halsted St.
Addison St. at Halsted St.
Roscoe St. at Halsted St.
Wellington Ave. at Broadway St.
At each corner of the streets listed above there will be four 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 between Belmont & Clark
Irving between Clark and Broadway
Addison in front of the 19th District police station
Broadway at Belmont
5. Clean and Sober individuals/groups: the area at 600 W. Diversey ( for the physically challenged and seniors), is also a place for people who want to watch the parade in an area away from bars and other liquor establishments. Spectators generally arrive early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots.
For more information: PrideChgo@aol.com or 773-348-8243.
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