LIVE BLOG: 45th Annual Chicago #Pride Parade

Chicago will come together to celebrate its 45th pride parade this weekend. Come Sunday, we’ll have live coverage of the parade below. Until then, here’s everything you need to know.

Who: One million people attended last year, so expect a crowd

What: The 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade

When: Sunday, June 29, at noon

Where: The parade steps off at Montrose and Broadway & ends at Cannon and Sheridan

Photo gallery: 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade

Quick Guide

How to get there

The weather

The route

The theme

History of the parade

State of the LGBT community

Notes worth knowing

How To Get There

The CTA is increasing service for the 2014 Chicago Pride Parade, and officials are urging spectators to take public transit this weekend to the many other events and festivities happening across the city.

Nine bus routes in the area will be rerouted around the parade from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Divvy Bikes is also offering guaranteed available docking at five stations near the parade.

Learn more about increased service and street closures here.

The Weather

As it stands Friday afternoon, the forecast is calling for a 40 percent chance of rain and scattered thunderstorms. Plan accordingly.

The Route

The Theme

This year’s theme is “Reflections of Pride (Stonewall 45),” according to the Chicago Phoenix. This year marks 45 years since the Stonewall Riots, an event that sparked the modern LGBT movement.

Because marriage equality became the law of the land June 1, expect plenty of floats playing to that motif.

From The Archives

In many ways, the Sun-Times’ historical coverage of the Pride Parade is an archive of the wider LGBT movement. Here are some select stories.

Remembering Chicago’s first pride march in 1970

Daley is first mayor to lead gays’ parade (1989)

Chicago gays put clout on parade (1990)

March of time alters gay parade (1991)

‘Lift the Ban’ Is Gay March’s Cry (1993)

Gay-Lesbian Parade Marks 25 Years of Gains (1994)

The Data

Just 150 people attended Chicago’s first pride march in 1970. Attendance reportedly cracked 1,000 in 1973 and lingered in the thousands until 1981, when it hit an estimated 17,000. By 1985, more than 100 organizations, businesses and politicians were in the parade, according to Windy City Media Group.

Four more charts and maps that show the state of the LGBT community

In 2013, attendance hit one million people for the first time.

Notes To Know

Illinois’ gay marriage law went into effect on June 1

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proclaimed June 30 to be LGBT Veterans of America Day in Chicago

A banner went up in Boystown targeting Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner’s position on gay marriage

Brian Jackson/Sun-Times

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