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Stake your claim along the parade route and festival concerts early, or wander to check out the other attraction - the colorful crowd. Bar and restaurant celebrations follow the parade and continue throughout the night in Boystown.

The organizers of the Annual Chicago Pride Parade will soon release the parade line-up, which includes over 200 entries featuring colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations, elected governmental officials and individuals.

The parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 26 at noon stepping off from Broadway and Montrose in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood. The parade will then travel south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Crowd estimates last year topped 850,000 people.

The parade is the culmination of June Pride Month and is organized by PRIDEChicago under the direction of parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer.