Chicago Pride Parade, festival postponed

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Spectators at the 2016 Chicago Pride Parade. (Photo by Tom Wray)

CHICAGO — The Chicago Pride Parade, the third largest in the country and the largest in the Midwest, announced on Wednesday that they were postponing the event.

“We are sad to announce that the annual Pride Parade will not take place this year on June 28,” said parade coordinator Tim Frye in a statement. “We announce this postponement in the hope that conditions will allow the parade to take place later this summer or early fall.”

Other cities have already cancelled or postponed Pride celebrations both in Illinois and across the country due to coronavirus concerns. New York and San Francisco, the two largest Pride celebrations in the country, cancelled earlier this month. In Illinois, communities in MetroEast, Springfield, Elgin, Buffalo Grove, Aurora and Carbondale have also cancelled or postponed until next year.

“We hope that there will be a possibility to re-schedule,” Frye said. “However, if that is not possible, we know that the Pride Parade will be back in 2021 and for years to come.”

The Chicago Pride Parade was originally planned for Sunday, June 28.

The announcement came just hours after the Northalsted Business Alliance announced the postponement of Chicago Pride Fest, originally scheduled for June 20-21. In a Facebook post, the group said the festival would now be held on Labor Day Weekend.

“We will continually evaluate the feasibility of hosting the festival with local and state officials as the current crisis evolves,” said Mark Liberson, Chicago Pride Fest chairperson, in the post.

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