The 50th Annual Chicago Pride Parade & Festivals

Chicago's Pride celebration consists of a two full weekends of festivals and our world-famous parade. The Pride festival takes place along Halsted Street in the Boystown neighborhood on Saturday, June 22, 2019 and Sunday, June 23, 2019. A new event, Pride in the Park, takes over Chicago’s historic Grant Park on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The parade takes place over a four-mile route on Sunday, June 30, 2019.

When is Chicago Pride? 

The Chicago PrideFest two-day celebration takes place the weekend before the parade, Saturday and Sunday, June 22 -23, 2019. Pride in the Park is Saturday, June 29, 2019 and the Chicago Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, June 30, 2019

Events: The Parade

The parade theme this year is "Stonewall 50: "MILLIONS of MOMENTS of PRIDE."

The 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade marches through the city's Boystown neighborhood with the annual parade kicking off at noon on Sunday, June 30, 2019, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. The parade winds (map) its way through the north side of the city, ending near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June highlights Chicago's vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots.

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2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the uprising, outside New York’s landmark Stonewall Inn, which began the Gay Rights Movement. During the Pridefest the weekend prior, stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks will be available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night.

The roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 30 – 40 people deep in spots as over 1 million people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots north of Irving Park Road, along Broadway or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.

View the parade route and map
> Parade entries; how to enter (float or marching contingent) the Pride Parade
> Pride Parade Grand Marshals (2019) and Previous Grand Marshals
> Viewing, dining and other tips for Pride weekends

Events: Pride in the Park

This year also marks the first annual Pride in the Park on Saturday, June 29 in downtown’s Grant Park.

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The day of revelry will include acts ranging from Todrick Hall and Taylor Dayne to Tamar Braxton and Iggy Azalea and runs from 1 – 10 p.m.

> Official Pride in the Park website
Stage acts and event information for Pride In The Park, June 29.

Events: Chicago PrideFest

On the weekend before the Pride Parade, on Friday and Saturday, June 22 and 23, Chicago's famous Boystown neighborhood hosts the PrideFest, the city's pre-Parade celebration with a half-mile of vendors and stages with a grand entertainment line-up.

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Stage acts and event information for the PrideFest, June 22-23
> If you're visiting Chicago, find special offers on hotel rooms on ChicagoPride.com

Fifty Years of Pride

The annual Pride Celebration commemorates the rebellion of LGBT patrons of the Stonewall Inn in New York City's Greenwich Village in response to a routine police raid on June 27, 1969. The following year, a "Gay-In" took place on June 27, 1970 that was the early progenitor of the current Pride Celebration. Since 1972, the event has been held every year. Since its modest beginnings, Chicago Pride has grown to be one the largest and most well-known Pride events in the world. Pride has come to symbolize several things: the long history of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender dignity, the freedom of all people to meaningfully and proudly express their sexual and gender identities, and the commitment of LGBT people to combat oppression.

Do I need a ticket to get into Pride?

There is no fee to attend the Pride Fest or watch the Parade. A voluntary donation is requested at the entry gates to Pride Fest. This donation goes back to community support programs. The Pride in the Park event on June 29 does require a ticket. Further information for that event can be found here.

Are pets allowed? 

Yes, pets are allowed, including, of course, service animals assisting people with accessibility needs. We do, however, strongly recommend leaving pets at home since both the Parade and Festival are noisy, crowded, and hot.

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Pets can sometimes be very startled by the crowds and sounds of Pride. In busy areas, it may be difficult to navigate with pets who will be walking on the ground given the high number of stomping feet moving through the crowd.