Pride Parade Ends Early When Storms Hit Chicago

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) – The remainder of Chicago’s Pride Parade has been canceled, due to inclement weather.

The parade of 150 floats began at noon Sunday in the North Side Boystown neighborhood. Around 2 p.m., parade-goers were advised to take shelter after severe storms descended on the Chicago region and appeared headed toward the parade route. Intersections were reoponed so that pedestrians could move more freely.

All dressed up and no place to go: Pride Parade stopped because of storm before some even stepped off. @WBBMNewsradio

— Stephen Miller (@ssmiller) June 30, 2019

At 3 p.m., the city’s Office of Emergency Management and Communications said the parade would not resume. Floats that had not been part of the procession were directed to leave the parade route.

Earlier Sunday, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot took her place as one of seven grand marshals. Lightfoot, who is openly gay, won the mayor’s race in a landslide election earlier this year.

Also Sunday, Gov. J.B. Pritzker on Sunday signed an executive order that creates a task force to study the rights of transgender students.

#PrideParade kicks off in five minutes! @WBBMNewsradio #Chicago #PrideChicago

— Rachel Pierson (@WBBMRachel) June 30, 2019

The task force will be comprised of 25 people appointed by Pritzker. They'll study what schools are doing to ensure they have welcoming environments for LGBTQ students.

The his year's pride events took place on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots of June 1969 – an uprising following a police raid of a New York City gay bar. That event is considered the beginning of the modern gay-rights movement.

Happy Pride! #ChicagoPride #ChicagoProud2019

— Mayor Lori Lightfoot (@chicagosmayor) June 30, 2019