ABC7 Chicago broadcasts from 52nd Chicago Pride Parade

ByMichelle Gallardo, Liz Nagy, and Stephanie Wade WLS logo
Monday, June 26, 2023
Chicago celebrates Pride
Chicago celebrated Pride in a big way Sunday.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- ABC7 celebrated the 52nd Annual Chicago Pride Parade with a two-hour, live parade broadcast, Sunday, June 25, from 12-2 p.m.

Tanja Babich, Hosea Sanders and Jason Knowles hosted the Chicago Pride Parade broadcast with Knowles capturing all of the action live from the street.

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 1

The Chicago Pride Parade steps off in Uptown.

LGBTQAI+ community advocates joined the festivities, including Cody LaGrow (Emmy Award-winning journalist) and Kim Hunt (Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame and Senior Director of AIDS Initiative Chicago).

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 2

The rain can't stop this parade!

The parade also exclusively streamed on ABC7's Connected TV Apps on Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku.

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 3

The Chicago Pride Parade features beautiful floats, dancing and more!

Members of the ABC7 Chicago Eyewitness News team were scheduled to ride on the ABC float include Roz Varon, Jaisol Martinez, Tre Ward, Virginia Matos and Stephanie Wade.

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 4

ABC7's Jason Knowles speaks with parade attendees along the route.

"ABC7 is proud of our long-standing commitment to Pride, and we are thrilled again to present a two-hour, live parade broadcast on multiple platforms," said John Idler, president and general manager, ABC7 Chicago. "As we celebrate cultural inclusion and acceptance, we applaud the vibrant LGBTQAI+ community that is so important to our city."

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 5

The fun continues along the Chicago Pride Parade route.

The 52nd Annual Pride Parade kicked off in Uptown at Montrose Avenue and North Broadway. The route winded through North Side neighborhoods and ended at Diversey Parkway and Sheridan in Lincoln Park. The parade featured colorful floats, decorated vehicles, musical talent, walking contingents and local government officials all in support of the LGBTQAI+ community.

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 6

ABC7 speaks with members of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies along the parade route.

The annual celebration commemorates the Stonewall Riots, which occurred June 27, 1969, in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City. Chicago's Pride Parade takes place the same weekend in the summer, replacing what was once a fight for civil rights with dazzling displays of hope and perseverance.

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 7

Everyone joined in on the fun, including Kraft Heinz's Frankmobile!

WATCH: Chicago Pride Parade Part 8

Watch as coverage of the Chicago Pride Parade wraps up.

About ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago

ABC7/WLS-TV Chicago is the No. 1 local news source and most-watched television station in Chicago. With top-rated daily newscasts spanning decades and the largest social media presence in the market with more than 2.6 million Facebook followers, ABC7 Eyewitness News provides breaking news, investigative reporting, weather, politics, traffic and sports in the multiplatform space to Chicago, the suburbs and northwest Indiana. Named Best News Operation by the Associated Press for four consecutive years, ABC 7 Eyewitness News produces "Chicago Proud," a series of features that spotlights everyday heroes in and around Chicago. The station also produces the highest-rated New Year's Eve special in Chicago, holiday kickoff special "The Magnificent Mile Lights Festival," syndicated to a national audience, as well as the award-winning program series "Our Chicago," which showcases the city's diversity and highlights contributions in the Black, Hispanic, Asian, LGBTQ+ communities, among others. Every Friday, Windy City Weekend, entertains while giving Chicagoans everything they need to know about what's happening in the city. ABC 7 is the only Chicago station producing and broadcasting parades representing Chicago's rich cultural history. In addition to producing town halls focused on current social issues, the station has a long and proud tradition of broadcasting political candidate debates keeping Chicago's electorate informed. ABC7's outreach efforts include annual partnerships with the Red Cross for life-saving blood drives, one of the biggest one-day drives in the country and, most recently, spearheading an effort to raise more than $1.5 million for area food pantries.