This Sunday, on June 28, the Chicago Pride Parade shall be another exciting spectacle with over 850,000 people expected to attend! It can be the experience of a lifetime, however, there are some things you’ll need to know to prepare yourself and maximize the opportunity to get the most out of the event. We have asked our Sales Manager, a born and raised Chicagoan and pride veteran, to share with us a few tips to make this possible. See his commentary below!
One thing to keep in mind while heading into this experience, is what the pride parade is meant to be about. The parade is meant to celebrate our accomplishments as a community, honoring our history, our future and simply showing how much we care for and love this community and one another.
It can sometimes be seen as very risqué, but there will be alcohol check points this year along the parade route to ensure the safety of the community. This year’s parade will include zero-tolerance for alcohol on the streets, and a limit on the amount of parade entries. Get there early!
Find the Perfect Spectating Spot
Find a spot at the beginning of the route. The route has changed this year and will start on Montrose and Broadway. The parade will then travel south on Broadway; and following, south on Halsted; east on Belmont; south on Broadway again; and then, finally, east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Find a spot where you’re comfortable, and stay there. Again, I stress, get there early if you can so you can see the entire parade. A popular place to stand is in front of the 7/11 on Halsted, and at Roscoes (a fun club for afterwards!).
Make sure you eat before you leave for the festivities and get plenty of rest. Long days in the sun can take a toll on your body, so make sure you stay hydrated throughout the day. You’ll also need to build up energy to stand to chase floats all day! Wear sunblock, the sun is usually flaming that day, no pun intended! Use anything from SPF 50 or higher, and apply every 2 hours. You do not want to look like a lobster!
Carry a water bottle with you. You will do a lot of walking, so wear gym shoes as opposed to sandals. Also, people will be running all over the place, and your feet tend to get trampled.
If you bring kids, try to minimize the use of strollers and coolers, as it is difficult with the crowd (we suggest hiring a babysitter this year for the ultimate experience!).
Be sure to make your reservations well in advance as it can be tricky getting a room for that single evening. Click here to find out about our Purchase in Advance Package!
Make sure you take public transportation, taxis or an Uber to get you as close as they are able. We do not recommend driving as parking is near to impossible.
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