Chicago Pride Parade will draw ‘large crowds’ to city this weekend, officials warn – NBC Chicago

After a two-year hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Chicago Pride Parade returns this weekend and is expected to be bigger than ever with more than a million people expected to celebrate.

The 51st annual Pride Parade on Sunday will likely bring large crowds, road closures and increased traffic to Lake View and Uptown neighborhoods, according to the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

OEMC reminded people to be aware of the surroundings this weekend and to report any suspicious activity to on-site security or by calling 9-1-1.

The Pride Parade will depart at noon Sunday from Broadway and Montrose and proceed south along Broadway to Halsted, then south on Halsted, east on Belmont, south on Broadway and then south. east on Diversey to Cannon.

Organizers say the busiest part of the parade route is usually in North Halsted, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street.

“For the liveliest views, head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street,” parade organizers explain. “If you’re looking for a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your vantage points north of Irving Park Road along Broadway or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.”

Here is a map of the route.

Street closures are expected to begin at 8 a.m. for assembly areas, with parade route closures beginning at 9:30 a.m. or “as the crowd dictates for safety concerns,” according to OEMC.

Closures include Montrose, Irving Park and Wellington on Broadway, and Addison, Grace and Roscoe in Halsted. Streets are expected to reopen at 8 p.m. or when deemed safe.

Here is where people can safely cross the street:

  • Montrose on Broadway
  • Irving Park at Broadway
  • wellingtons on broadway
  • Barry on Broadway
  • Oakdale to Broadway
  • Addison to Halsted
  • Thanks to Halsted
  • Roscoe at Halsted
  • Aldine at Halsted
  • Cornelia at Halsted

Authorities are encouraging the use of public transport this weekend as parking restrictions will be in place and strictly enforced in the area, starting at 5 a.m. Sunday morning at Broadway and Montrose and along the parade route.

At a press conference Wednesday, Chicago Police Superintendent. David Brown said: “We have added more staff to Pride this year than in the past. We have had more coordination with businesses and other stakeholders in the planning process for Pride Parade than in the past.

“We are obviously planning for the worst, hoping for the best,” he continued. “We have extraordinary resources dedicated to this year’s Pride – more committed than ever.”

Pride in The Park, an outdoor music festival and immersive pride experience in Grant Park, will also visit Chicago this weekend, Saturday and Sunday.

Headliners include The Chainsmokers and Alesso, and performances include singer/songwriter Daya, rapper and TV personality Saucy Santana, DJ and producer J. Worra, YouTube sensation Rebecca Black, plus performances by the RuPaul’s Drag Race winners Shea Couleé, Monet x Change and Priyanka.

Here is the full schedule for each day.

Pride in The Park takes place at Butler Field at Grant Park on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Butler Field at Grant Park in downtown Chicago at 100 S. Lakeshore Drive.

Single-day tickets start at $45 and two-day tickets start at $95.

More information can be found here.

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