Chicago Pride Parade Evolution

From 1985 to 2014, the number of Chicago Pride Parade attendees has grown exponentially, marking it as an important event for the Windy City.

The Chicago Pride Parade originated in the 1970s organized by the Gay Rights Movement as a result of the Stonewall Riots, where police raided the Stonewall Inn, a gay club located in Greenwich Village in New York City.

The LGBTQ + community has always advocated for a system where every individual has the freedom to express who they are, without fear, and continues to show pride through these events.

Graphic By Gaby Rios

As the bar chart shows, the Chicago Pride Parade now brings in an average of 1 million people every year since 2013 and 2014. Celebrations consist of full month festivities and events, ending with the parade at the end of the month in June.

The Chicago Pride Parade quickly grew to be the one of the largest attractions throughout the city, and has paved the way for Pride Week, and more recently Pride Month. As the parade and festivities continue to evolve and grow, the number of attendees is expected to increase as well.

Communication and Psychology major at the University of Illinois — Chicago