Chicago Pride Parade Attendance on the Rise

Attendance for the annual Chicago Pride Parade has been steadily rising since 1985.

The parade takes place at the end of June in commemoration of the Stonewall Riot, the event which propelled the Gay Liberation Front and occurred on June 27, 1969. The parade consists of a four-mile route along Chicago’s Halsted strip. Additionally, the weekend before the parade there is a two-day festival which includes music, entertainment, food, and drink.

This year’s festival held special relevance due to the Orlando Gay Nightclub shooting that occurred on June 12, 2016, just weeks before the parade. According to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times, the recent traumatic experience did not staunch the pride at the parade, but rather heightened it.

Below one can see the rising attendance of the parade from 1985-2014. As shown, 2013 and 2014 soared in attendance over the previous years. While the data here only goes to 2014, an article from WGN-TV states that once again, there were one million people estimated to have attended the parade in 2016.

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Find the interactive map here: //datawrapper.dwcdn.net/chnia/1/

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