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Chicago Pride Parade announces 2019 Grand Marshals

The founder of Buffalo Grove Pride and organizers of Aurora Pride among those honored.

CHICAGO — The Chicago Pride Parade has announced its grand marshals for this year’s event.

In honor of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall, the Parade will have several marshals. There will be an Honorary Grand Marshal that has yet to be announced; a Youth Grand Marshal; several“ Legacy” Grand Marshals, three community members continually active in LGBTQ+ organizations and/or business since before Stonewall for 50 years +, and an Organizational Grand Marshal.

The Youth Grand Marshal is Molly Pinta, one of the founders of Buffalo Grove Pride. BGP is holding its first parade and festival in June, just a couple of weeks before Chicago’s Pride.

The Organizational Grand Marshal is Indivisible Aurora. They held the first suburban Pride in the Chicago metro area and was the inspiration for Molly Pinta and other throughout the suburbs. The 2019 Aurora Pride Parade and Festival was almost canceled because of increased costs until the community raised more than $18,000 in less than 24 hours to keep it going.

So far, two of the three Legacy Grand Marshals have been named: Joel Hall, community activist and founder of the Joel Hall Dance Company and Jim Flint, community activist and owner of the Baton Show Lounge.

This year will be the 50th Chicago Pride. Chicago was one of the first cities to have an annual Pride march after the Stonewall Rebellion in 1969. This year it will be on Sunday, June 30, and will go through the Lakeview and Lincoln Park neighborhoods.

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