Canceled Aurora Pride Parade Could Still Happen: Organizer

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Aurora's pride parade was canceled last week, but now there are signs the city and organizers are trying to work something out.

The group Indivisible Aurora organized the pride parade, which would have been the city’s second in a row. Then when they found out earlier this month they'd have to pay about $37,000 -- four times what they thought they'd have to pay, mostly for security.

So, they cancelled the whole pride festival.

A big outcry followed, said Chuck Adams, the executive director of Indivisible Aurora.

"All of us on the board of directors were just overwhelmed with people reaching out to us and saying, ‘You gotta keep going, you gotta keep doing this … It's important to me, it's important to my kid, it's important to my brother or my sister.’”

Adams said they talked with city officials. As of now, he said, Indivisible Aurora must come up with $17,000 within a few days. Fundraising is underway.

The pride festival had been set for June 8-9.

Adams said last year’s event was the first LGBT pride parade in the Chicago suburbs.

The cost of security was so much higher this year, he said, because the city council passed an ordinance in January requiring groups to pay for their own security unless the event is an official Aurora city government function.