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Chicago Pride is a festival that takes place in the city in June
each year since way back in 1970, with the current incarnation incorporating
a couple of weeks of parties, celebrations and events leading up to
the main Pride weekend, this highlight of which is the now famous Chicago
Pride Parade, known in previous lives as the Chicago Gay Pride Parade
and just simply Pride Chicago.
The Chicago Pride parade is one of the oldest and largest anywhere in the world, covering a 4 mile stretch of the city's streets and attracting crowds estimated at upwards of 1 million people out to watch the spectacle, a huge increase from the humble beginnings of the first parades, which were watched by only a few thousand spectator at most.
2017 is the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade.
The parade starts at 12 noon and covers a 4 mile parade route as
Starts at Montrose Avenue and Broadway
Finish in Lincoln Park at Diversey and Sheridan Road
The live TV broadcast of the parade has for a few years now been
provided by local television network channel ABC7, with full coverage
of the whole parade also available as a live online webcast stream on
the channel's website. You can watch ABC7 live streaming online here:
ABC7 live stream
You might also like to check out their videos from the previous year's parade, there is some excellent coverage there:
Chicago pride videos
Chicago in June means temperate weather and usually plenty of sunshine, so if you are planning of visiting during the Pride festival or for the parade it is generally a great time of year to spend some time in the city.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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