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JUNE PRIDE MONTH 2020
CHICAGO 51st ANNUAL PRIDE PARADE
SUNDAY JUNE 28th, 2020 (CANCELLED)

      Today we are officially cancelling the Chicago Pride Parade for 2020.  We do this with total understanding and agreement that no other decision was possible.  The health and safety of our participants and those watching must be the first priority.  We agree with the City that events with large crowds will not be safe through the summer and we think possibly beyond that time as well.
      On a personal note, cancelling the parade has special meaning for me.  I didn’t expect 2019 to be my husband and long-time Parade Coordinator Richard Pfeiffer’s last parade, but that is how fate works.  That parade ended early because of weather.  We’ll have to wait another year to finish it for him and, of course, keep the parade tradition going into the future.
      Over the years that I helped and worked with Richard on the parade (in one way or another during all of the 48 years we were together), I’ve had in the back of my mind the feeling that every year there is at least one person in the crowd or watching on TV who suddenly realizes “I’m not alone.  I can have a good life.”  I hope it’s been more than one each year.  I know they’re out there.  I was one.  So was Richard.  So were some of you reading this.  I’ll miss that person(s) this year
       Pride Month 2020 is very different.  There are many ways still to celebrate just as there are ways to show solidarity with those who are struggling for equality just as we LGBTQ+ people have in the past and are continuing to do today.  We encourage everyone to find their path and their commitment.  We wish everyone health and safety.

       We will see you next year.

Sincerely,
Tim Frye
2020 Pride Parade Coordinator

 


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.

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