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Weather, Court Decisions Draw Large Crowd At Pride Parade

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2013 Pride Parade. (Credit: Michele Fiore)

2013 Pride Parade. (Credit: Michele Fiore)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — Great weather and the recent Supreme Court decisions supporting gay rights drew a larger crowd to an already popular Chicago event today, Pride Parade, reports WBBM’s Michele Fiore.

It’s the parade that seems to put those in it, and those watching it, in a great mood.

“It’s great to be out and support love for everyone. Equality is beautiful, Glad to be here,” said Todd Rader.


Colorful floats, people showing their pride, but an Uptown woman walking home after the event left a bit disappointed.

“I thought we got pens last year, more candy, more beads. I only got one bead, “said Sharon Rader.

Sharon and Todd Rader said it seemed shorter this year too. The parade kicked off right at Noon at Broadway and Montrose, and the last entry crossed about 1:15.

A record 850,000 people attended last year’s parade, which could be topped this year after a Supreme Court ruling nullified the Defense of Marriage Act.

At a pre-parade reception, Governor Pat Quinn said the time is now for Illinois to legalize same-sex marriage:

“I think it’s time to call a vote. This coming month they will be back in Springfield and I think members of the Illinois House of Representatives need to vote ‘Yes’ on marriage equality.

2013 Pride Parade. (Credit: Michele Fiore)

2013 Pride Parade. (Credit: Michele Fiore)

Members of the “Retired Professional Football Players of Chicago” are also there, with former NHL player Wade Davis serving as Parade Grand Marshall.

The party in Lake View has been going since last weekend, with this afternoon’s parade closing out Pride Week here in Chicago. Last weekend, thousands descended on North Halsted to celebrate Pridefest, filled with music, performances, and food.

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