Proud at Pride


Proud parents of children from the LGBTQ+ community hold up signs showing their acceptance toward their children. The parents marched for four miles among an estimate of 6,000 other marchers.

Sabina Solarczyk, Author

Feelings of love and positivity filled Chicago streets at this years 48th annual Pride Parade on June 25.

Pride is an event that people of all ages, genders, sexualities, races and religions can attend.

Some come for the parade itself, some come for the experience and some may even come just to say they were there. No matter the reason for attending, people will feel love and radiance throughout it all.

One hundred and fifty groups marched at this year’s parade. Big businesses, local LBGTQ+ corporations and even the Chicago mayor, Rahm Emanuel, walked and showed acceptance to all members of the community.

Going to the Pride Parade can be a liberating time for anyone, not just members of the LGBTQ+ community. Seeing everyone be so welcoming toward each other can be a relief from everything else happening around.

When attending Pride, many will realize that, outfit-wise, just about anything goes. Some cover themselves in glitter, while others may dress in full drag. People aren’t afraid to be themselves and they definitely don’t look down on extravagant outfits.

Feeling accepted is something that people should feel at all times and sometimes that can get difficult. Being in such an upbeat environment with positive people, it can be hard to not feel accepted. The Pride Parade welcomes everyone with open arms.