Skokie to host family friendly Pride celebration this weekend

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SKOKIE — The Skokie Park District will be hosting the suburb’s first Pride event this weekend on Sunday, June 9.

The Skokie Review reported Tuesday that the event, produced by the district, the local library, schools and city services.

From the Skokie Review:

Jon Marquardt, assistant superintendent of recreation, said when the Park District began planning an event highlighting the LGBTQ community others were quick to join the effort including local elementary and high school districts, Skokie Public Library and Skokie’s police and fire departments.

Marquardt said Skokie focuses heavily on discussions of diversity in culture, but said sometimes the LGBTQ community is left in the background.

The event is intended to be family friendly and will include a plethora of activities and performances ranging from story tellers and comedians to musical acts and drag performances. A bounce house and face painting will also be on hand at the Sunday, June 9, event at Lorel Park, 8135 Lorel Ave.

The festival will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. One of the highlights will be a colors event that Marquardt said will be similar to the colors festival that occurred at the Skokie Festival of Cultures this spring where colored powder is thrown into the air.

With the event, Skokie becomes the latest community in the Chicago metropolitan area to have a Pride celebration. Other communities outside of Chicago either planning or having already had Pride include Aurora, Bolingbrook, Buffalo Grove, Naperville, Mokena and Woodstock.

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