CHICAGO (CBS) –Over one million people attended Sunday’s Chicago Pride Parade, according to an estimate from Chicago Police.
It was the city’s first Pride Parade since same-sex marriage was legalized in Illinois.
“After decades of fighting for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality, we have made some gains along the way but this year we’re celebrating also the fact that our state and our federal government is recognizing the fact that our love, the most fundamental element of our being, is also equal and now going to be equal under the law,” said Bernard Cherkasov, the chief executive officer for Equality Illinois.
Marge Summit is happy to celebrate this year’s pride parade for the first time as a married woman in Illinois.
“It’s better than you can imagine, never thought it would happen in my lifetime,” said Summit.
The huge number of spectators had the CTA adding extra service and longer trains to help people get to and from the parade.