Aerial Footage Shows Thousands Closely Packed In Chicago For Pride Festival

Aerial Footage Shows Thousands Closely Packed In Chicago For Pride Festival


I think this is gonna be one of those articles where I give you “just the facts ma’am”.  

Not a lot of opinion, just some basic reporting on some basic facts.  

Sound good?  

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And I have a hunch you’re all smart enough to draw your own conclusions.  

In fact, I know so.  

Fact #1 – aerial footage from Bloomberg no less, shows a whole shitload of people packed really tightly together….does that appear accurate? 👇

Fact #2 - my church is still not open for weekend worship.  

Some are still closed by government order, some are closed because the pastors are too scared of their own shadow to open.  

Oh how far we've fallen from Paul getting bit by a snake and shrugging it off, huh?

Fact #3 - Trump Rallies BAD....too much risk of infection!

Ok, those are basically the facts.  

Pride Parade - 100% ok.  So great.  So wonderful.  So proud.  

Church and Trump Rallies?  No, can't have it.  Virus.  

Hmmmm.  

For those who are interested, here is more information on the event that was held in Chicago, from the event website itself:

Chicago's Pride celebration consists of a full month of festivities and events, culimating with the annual Chicago Pride Parade. The Pride festival takes place along North Halsted Street in the Boystown neighborhood on Saturday, June 20, 2020 and Sunday, June 21, 2020. Pride in the Park, takes over Chicago’s historic Grant Park on Saturday, June 27, 2020 and Sunday, June 28, 2020. The parade takes place over a 21-block route through Chicago's Uptown and Lakeview neighborhoods, including Boystown, on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Richard William Pfeiffer, coordinator of the annual Chicago Pride Parade since 1974 and a member of Chicago's Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame, died Sunday, October 6, 2019. He was 70.

"One of our earliest and longest-serving activists, Rich Pfeiffer made history as he gave our community decades of committed, effective service," said Art Johnston, Sidetrack co-owner and co-founder of Equality Illinois. "Under Rich's year-round consistent leadership Chicago's Gay Pride Parade grew from a few hundred participants and observers to thousands of marchers and over a million viewers, reflecting the amazing growth of our communities."

Pfeiffer watched Chicago's first-ever parade in 1970, was a volunteer marshal at the second, third and fourth parades, and he volunteered to be the coordinator at the fifth parade in 1974. He held the title through this year's 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade.

When is Chicago Pride?
The Chicago PrideFest two-day celebration takes place the weekend before the parade, Saturday and Sunday, June 20-21, 2020. Pride in the Park is Saturday, June 27, 2020 and Sunday, June 28, 2020, and the Chicago Pride Parade steps off on Sunday, June 28, 2020.

Events: The Parade

The 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade marches through the city's Boystown neighborhood with the annual parade kicking off at noon on Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in the Uptown neighborhood. The parade winds (map) its way through the north side of the city, ending near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. Pride Month in June highlights Chicago's vibrant LGBT community. The energy in the city peaks on Pride Weekend, which falls on the last weekend of June each year to commemorate the Stonewall Riots.

The annual parade marks the uprising, outside New York’s landmark Stonewall Inn, which began the Gay Rights Movement. During Chicago Pride Fest the weekend prior, stages of music, exhibitors, great food and drinks will be available to enjoy. In the evening the revelers will pour into Boystown clubs and party into the wee hours of the night.

The roar of the crowd heralds the start of the Pride Parade, a dazzling cavalcade of diversity. The streets are lined 30 – 40 people deep in spots as over 1 million people cheer the contingents on and enjoy the show, culture and experience! For the liveliest viewing spots head to the Boystown section of North Halsted Street, between Belmont Avenue and Grace Street. If you are seeking a less crowded area to view the parade, look for your viewing spots north of Irving Park Road, along Broadway or further along Broadway between Belmont Avenue and Diversey Parkway.

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And of course no article about "Pride" would be complete without the legendary Norm Macdonald and his take on "Pride".

Seriously, please enjoy because this 5 minute bit is the only thing that runs through my head every time I hear someone talk about "Pride".

Enjoy:


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