June 23, 2012 by icchicago
Chicago is not only one of the most culturally diverse cities in the US but also the most LGBT supporting cities. Every year in Chicago, June Pride Month features dozens of social, cultural, athletic and political events. These events, that take place in different areas of the metro Chicago area, are organized by various community organizations and individuals. All of which lead up to the annual Chicago Pride Parade.
This year’s theme, suggested by InterPride (an international group of Pride Committees), is “Pride Links Us Together.” With 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents, there is something for everyone at the Pride Parade!
For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots near the beginning of the route along Broadway between Montrose Avenue and Sheridan Road or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.
Make sure you dress lightly bring lots of water and sunscreen because it is going to be a fun and memorable hot day in the sun.
DATE: Sunday June 24
TIME: 12 Noon
STARTS at: A new corner this year, Broadway & Montrose.
NEW LINE UP: North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson); West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark) and North Sheridan Road (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Sunnyside).
NEW ROUTE: Step off from the Broadway/Montrose corner, proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
CONTENT & DESCRIPTION
The parade will feature 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents.
The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members.
Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. So the plans are to line the parade route with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street). In recent years, the City of Chicago has required that several large city parades, including the Pride Parade, line their parade routes with barricades at our own expense.
In addition, police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route. (See elsewhere on this website for “Ten Tips for Spectators “).
Alcohol consumption should NOT take place along the parade route. Open containers containing alcoholic beverages are illegal on the streets and sidewalks. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket and/or arrest from the Chicago Police Department. Instead, bring plenty of bottled water and sun screen and dress lightly!!!
STREET CLOSURES: (on parade day, Sunday, June 24)
ASSEMBLY AREA: Tentative time 11:00 AM.
NEW PARADE ROUTE: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. The parade starts at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
NO PARKING:Both the Assembly Area and Parade Route (listed above) will be posted with temporary signs indicating “NO PARKING ON SUNDAY, JUNE 24, 2012 FROM 5:00 AM TO 8:00 PM. – Both sides of the street.”
Montrose Ave. – Clark St. to Hazel St.
Broadway St. – Wilson Ave. to Grace St.
Sheridan Rd. – Sunnyside Ave. to Buena Ave.
Halsted St. – Grace St. to Belmont Ave.
Belmont Ave. – Sheffield Ave. to Broadway St.
Broadway St. – Belmont Ave. to Diversey Pkwy.
Diversey Pkwy. – Broadway St. to Lake Shore Drive
Cannon Dr. – Diversey Pkwy. to Fullerton Pkwy.
Addison St. – Halsted St. to Sheffield Ave.
Addison T. – Halsted St. to 736 W. Addison St.
ADDITIONAL PARKING RESTRICTIONS:
There will be additional parking restrictions on North Sheridan Road between Montrose and Sunnyside.
TOWING: Begins at 5:00 AM. Due to the volume of vehicles involved, the issuing of parking violation citations and towing will start at 5 AM – Promptly.
CROSS STREETS: Rolling closing times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route.
After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan.
This year there will NOT be a Buffer Zone on Halsted Street after the parade ends. Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets will not remain open to foot traffic.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: The new parade route has been lengthened to accommodate more CTA stations this year. Please look at the map below. The Wilson, Sheridan and Addison stations on the Red Line all provide convenient access via a short walk to the parade route. From the Brown Line, the Wellington and Diversey stations provide convenient access as well. CTA busses will be rerouted during this event. Information on the reroutes can be obtained by calling the CTA CUSTOMER SERVICE at 1-312-836-7000,www.transitchicago.com. For other information 1-312-322-6900, www.metrarail.com .
Please note that the area around Belmont has historically been very crowded, so we urge you to consider areas near the new start of the parade route such as Broadway south of Montrose.
PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS:
There will be six cross-over streets:
1. Montrose Ave.
2. Irving Park Rd.
3. Addison St.
4. Grace St.
5. Roscoe St.
6. Wellington Ave.
At each corner of the streets listed above there will be four police officers assigned to assist pedestrians to cross the parade route .
NEEDS AND SPECIAL NEEDS:
1. Portable Restrooms – are stationed along both the parade line-up street and the parade route – sponsored by various businesses, organizations and individuals. Included at several locations are restrooms for the physically challenged.
2. Physically Challenged Area/Wheel chair Accessible Area/Seniors – for people who need or want more space: the sidewalks of West Diversey Parkway (near 600 W. Diversey). Traditionally this area of the parade route has fewer spectators than other sections of the parade route. Spectators in these areas generally arrive there early on parade morning to secure their viewing spots. Included there are restrooms for the physically challenged.
3. Senior Pride Viewing Party – For seniors 55+ to watch the Pride Parade at the Center on Halsted, at 3656 N. Halsted, in air conditioned surroundings. 11 AM to 4 PM. A light lunch included, $5 suggested donation. You must RSVP to BLarson@centeronhalsted.org.
Please visit http://www.chicagopridecalendar.org/parade.shtml for more information!