Chicago 51st Annual Pride Parade
DATE: Sunday, October 3, 2021
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); Sunnyside Ave. from Broadway to North Sheridan Rd. and North Sheridan Rd., between Montrose and Wilson.
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 150 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, security staff, 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. Police officers and parade marshals will be stationed at various points on the street in front of the barricades along the parade route.
Police officers will also be in the area surrounding the parade. In addition, PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators) are providing a security team to supplement the police presence along and surrounding the parade 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 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.
Public urination is also grounds to receive a ticket.
PARADE DAY HEALTH/SAFETY: Bring plenty of bottled water, sunscreen and a hat or other head covering, and dress lightly because parade day is usually hot and sunny.
STREET CLOSURES: (on parade day, Sunday, October 3rd) to be determined.
ASSEMBLY AREA: Tentative time: 10:30 a.m. (Check this website for any updates).
PARADE ROUTE: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. The parade starts at 12 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 October 3rd, FROM 5:00 am TO 8:00 pm. - Both sides of the street, unless otherwise indicated.” Due to the volume of vehicles involved, the issuing of parking violation, citations, and towing will start at 5 a.m. promptly.
Subject to Change For updates and corrections; http://www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org
Montrose Ave. - Greenview Ave. to Hazel St.
Broadway - Leland Ave. to Grace St.
Sunnyside Ave. - Broadway to North Sheridan Rd.
Halsted St.* - Grace St. to to Belmont Ave.
Belmont Ave. - Racine Ave. to Broadway St.
Broadway - Melrose Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
Diversey Pkwy. - Broadway 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 - Montrose Ave. to Sunnyside Ave.
N. Sheridan Rd. - Sunnyside Ave. to Buena Ave.
Buena Ave. - Sheridan Rd. to Broadway
Wellington Ave. - Clark St. to Sheffield Ave.
N. Sheridan Rd. - Montrose Ave. to Wilson.
* Please note that parking on Halsted and Belmont will be restricted until 4 a.m. Monday, October 4.
TOWING: Begins at 5 am. Due to the volume of vehicles involved, the issuing of parking violation citations and towing will start at 5 am - Promptly.
CROSS STREETS: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. After stepping off at Noon, 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. (Check this website for any updates).
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: 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 Ave. 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: 1-312-322-6777 www.metrarail.com
PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS:
(Subject to change....Check this website for any updates).
There will be at least nine 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
Aldine St. at Halsted St.
Cornelia Ave. at Halsted St.
Oakdale 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 W. Diversey Pkwy. (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; Addison, west of Halsted; Belmont, east of Broadway; Wilton, north of Belmont; Buena, west of Broadway. (Check this website for any updates).
5. Chicago Fire Department First Aid Stations:
901 W. Addison St.; 765 W. Roscoe St.; 3165 N. Halsted St.; 561 W. Surf St.: 802 W. Roscoe St. (Check this website for any update).
For changes or updates:
www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org, PrideChgo@aol.com or 773-348-8243.