Join me and other Illinois elected officials at the 44th Annual Chicago Pride Parade this Sunday, June 30th, as we march in support of marriage equality.
Usually, I march in the Pride Parade with my own contingent of 49th Ward residents. This year, however, I’m joining forces with other elected officials and their volunteers in a strong and unified show of solidarity and support for marriage equality in Illinois.
Meet me and the other elected officials Sunday, June 30th, at 11:15 a.m. on Montrose between Racine and Clifton. Our position number is 41. The parade steps off at 12 Noon. Everyone who marches with us in the parade will get a free t-shirt!
Please RSVP by replying to this e-mail, or call Wayne at 773-973-4949. Make sure to include your name, phone number and t-shirt size in your response.
After we march in the Pride Parade, join me back in the 49th Ward where we’ll stop off at Chuckie’s Bar, 1412 W. Morse, to take in a rare exhibit of photos from Pride Parades past. Rogers Park resident Craig Gernhardt, former publisher of Gay Chicago Magazine, dug into the archives of his magazine and will present Pride Parade photos from the 70’s, 80’s 90’s and 2000’s, including a special Mayoral exhibit featuring photos of Jane Byrne, Harold Washington, Richard Daley and Rahm Emanuel.
Chuckie’s owner Alex Samardzija will be offering up beer and pizza specials, beginning at 3 p.m., this Sunday, June 24th, and a DJ will be spinning old disco songs into the night.
Cap off your Pride Day celebration at Pride North, a street festival on the west side of Glenwood between Lunt and Morse. Sponsored by the Glenwood Bar, 6962 N. Glenwood, last year’s Pride North festival drew an estimated crowd of 3,000.
The festival runs this Sunday, June 30th, between 4:00 and 10:00 p.m.