The Chicago Pride Parade is an event that is currently held every year since 1972. It takes place during the final weekend of June, in order to commemorate the Stonewall Riots that involved LGBT patrons. The Pride Parade is an event that is widely celebrated and known, and it has had a positive increase in attendance.
Graphic by Sharon Delavega
This graph shows the number of Chicago Pride Parade attendees from 1985 to 2014. A steady increase of attendance, with a significant spike from 2010 to 2011, could be seen. From 35,000 attendees to 1,000,000, it’s safe to say that the Pride Parade has risen to become an outstanding event in Chicago.
In 2011, the day the event was to take place, it was reported that 51 floats were vandalized and had their tires slashed. This led to many groups of people having to walk instead of riding in their displays. Regardless of the rough start, a record breaking attendance, compared to previous years, could be seen with 750,000 people.
Pride symbolizes many different things for people and the Chicago Pride Parade is an event that keeps rising with attendance from people who unite together and celebrate love and the LGBTQ community.