Pride Weekend in Chicago

As you know from Chicago Real Estate Forum, June is Gay and Lesbian Pride Month. Now we’re here to inform you about all the celebrations set for this weekend on the North Side.
The 9th Annual Chicago Pride Fest will take place on Friday and Saturday, June 24-25, at Halsted and Belmont between Addison and Broadway in Chicago.
The fair will include an eclectic mix of arts & crafts, food and more. Entertainment on two stages will feature some of Chicago’s finest performers in the gay community.
On Saturday at 12:30 p.m., the Pet Pride Parade will take off on nearby streets before a panel of jurors will honor the best participants with gift certificates from local retailers.
Fest hours are 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free, but a suggested donation is requested at the gate and will benefit the Northalsted Business Alliance.
On Sunday, Chicago’s 42nd Annual Pride Parade will begin on Halsted Street at Belmont Avenue at noon and travel to Fullerton Parkway in Lincoln Park.
One of the city’s largest parades and one of the country’s largest gay pride parades, the Chicago Pride Parade will feature more than 250 entrants, including floats, performance groups and decorated vehicle. The event attracts more than 400,000 people each year.
New Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who hosted his first LGBT Pride Month Reception at the Chicago Cultural Center on June 9, is expected to participate in Sunday’s parade. Former Mayor Daley marched only once during his 22-year tenure.
The 2011 Parade Grand Marshal is Fernanda Rocha, the newest cast member of Bravo’s hit ‘Real Housewives of Orange County’.
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