Aurora celebrates Pride that almost wasn’t

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One of the participants in the 2019 Aurora Pride Parade. The event is now an independent organization. (Photo by Tom Wray)

AURORA — Illinois’s second largest city celebrated its second Pride Parade on Sunday, with thousands lining downtown streets.

Aurora Pride said police had put the crowd at around 8,000 people. The parade route was under a mile long through the heart of downtown Aurora with the majority of it on Downer Place.

The parade was in doubt earlier this year when a new city ordinance raised the cost much more than organizers had planned for. Negotiations with the city and the community raising more than $20,000 in less than 24 hours ensured the parade would take place.

Aurora’s Pride last year was the first in the Chicago metropolitan area outside of Chicago itself. It inspired other communities across the region to hold local prides of their own. It was joined this year by events in Buffalo Grove, Skokie, Naperville, Bolingbrook, Woodstock, and Mokena.

Entries in the parade included churches and synagogues, student GSAs, local business and corporation with a major presence in the Aurora area and city services.



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