Chicago Postponing Pride Parade Due to Coronavirus


Chicago has decided to postpone the Pride Parade for the first time in 50 years due to Coronavirus concerns:

Chicago's Pride Parade will be postponed for the first time in its 50-year history, organizers said Wednesday.

The parade was originally scheduled for June 28. Organizers are still hoping to hold it this year.

"We announce this postponement in hope that conditions will allow the parade to take place later this summer or early fall," said Tim Frye, 2020 pride parade coordinator.

Frye said safety is their first priority. The parade annually draws hundreds of thousands of people. Last year, for the 50th anniversary parade, about 1 million people attended. Frye said on top of the attendees, organizers also want to protect the safety of city agencies, city workers, and independent contractors who are involved with the parade.

A few other festivals have been canceled as well including Chicago Blues Fest, Jazz Fest, the House Music Conference and Festival and the Gospel Music Festival. You can read more about that HERE.

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