Who’s Got Pride?

Everyone is coming out in San Francisco and Chicago this June.

Pride may be all about equality, but not all Prides are created equal. Both San Francisco and Chicago roll out the rainbow carpet on June 28.

San Francisco

Kickoff year: 1970 >> Number of Pride goers: 1.5 million >>The parade route: One-and-a-half miles down Market Street >> Theme: Equality without exception >> Fearless leaders: Dykes on Bikes >> Contingents (organized groups marching): Around 200  >> Floor it to: Leather Alley for a healthy dose of many of the “L” words. >> After party: QBar in the Castro

SF Pride 1_Photo cred Juan Carlos Betancourt
SF Pride 3_Photo cred Juan Carlos Betancourt
SF Pride 5_Photo cred Juan Carlos Betancourt

Chicago

Kickoff year: 1969 >> Number of Pride goers: 850,000  >>The parade route: Four miles in the Lakeview neighborhood >> Theme: Color our world with Pride >> Fearless leader: Grand Marshal and country star Ty Herndon >> Contingents: Around 200 >> Floor it to: Bougie Ball at Metro, all tarted out with caged dancers and a DJ spinning  >> After party: Sidetrack in Boystown

Chicago Pride 2_Eamonn Sexton
Chicago Pride 4_Eamonn Sexton
Chicago Pride_Eamonn Sexton

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