CHICAGO - The city's most colorful parade is stepping off this Sunday. The 48th Annual Pride Parade will commence from Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown. It will feature floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, and walkers representing community businesses, organizations, and elected officials and religious leaders. The parade will travel the 21-block route concluding near Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park. As Chicago's second largest parade, the city anticipates more than one million spectators and people 12 deep lining the streets.
Conrad the Unicorn is in Chicago for his second appearance at the Pride Parade! Conrad the Unicorn will be in the float by Balloons by Tommy. The theme of the float is "Life is Sweet"! There will be candy and sweets - all made from balloons!
The float uses over 40,000 balloons and is created by a group of 40 balloon artists who are in town for a workshop. The Balloons by Tommy float will have over 100 people walking in it.
This is the 8th year in the Chicago Pride Parade for Balloons by Tommy. They have done over 35 parades and provide balloons for some of the other floats as well.
The parade originally started to commemorate the anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, the most important event in the history of the gay rights movement.
ABC 7 Chicago will be the only Chicago television station to broadcast The 48th Annual Pride Parade on Sunday, June 25 from 11:30 pm to 12:30 am. The parade will also be available on-demand the morning after the broadcast.