Last year Chicago Pride was canceled as was almost every other Pride event in the Northern Hemisphere. Thankfully, in this digital age, most events were enjoyed via screenlife. But this year people are emerging from their homes to greet a newly opened world, and Chicago is rounding out the month with their special event called Pride in the Park on June, 26 and 27.
Normally the Windy City welcomes thousands of people to PrideFest in late June that concludes with the parade. But this year the parade won't happen until October, and the PrideFest is getting bumped to an as-yet confirmed date sometime in the fall.
“This is not a traditional year,” parade coordinator Tim Frye told GoPride earlier this year. “We need to ensure distance from COVID-19 and give enough time for recovery.” It's also a somber year for Frye. His husband Richard William Pfeiffer, who has been responsible for planning Pride since it started, passed away in 2019.
"Next year the Pride Parade will take place on Sunday, June 26, 2022," Frye added in a statement, encouraging everyone to support June 2020 Pride events whether they be online or elsewhere around the city.
The cancellation of Chicago Pride in 2020 marked the first time the event has been scrapped in its nearly-50 year history. Over a million people attend the event annually, bringing heavy revenue to uptown neighborhoods, especially the popular gay mecca known as Boystown.
However, Chicago isn't letting Pride month go without a celebration. It's gearing up for Pride in the Park this weekend; a jam-packed outdoor music fest with A-list headliners --- and what a roster of talent it is!
On Saturday, June 26, a number of acts take to the GoPuff Pride Stage including Drag Race alum Alyssa Edwards at 3:30 pm then Derrick Carter 4:30 pm.
The one and only Tiesto performs at 8:20 pm.
Sunday sees The Vixen, Tenderoni, Kinley Preston at 6 pm then the legendary Chaka Kahn at 7:15 pm.
The CircuitMom Grooveland stage is welcoming Tony Moran on Saturday at 2 pm, and on Sunday there will be special performances by Sheeza Woman, Hinky Punk, Kara Mel D’Ville, and O’laysia among others throughout the day.
“To say we are excited is an understatement," said Pride in the Park Chicago President and Lead Organizer, Dusty Carpenter, "We have legendary artists – with 12 Grammys combined – diverse Allies and Queer icons that are going to simply bring the house down. What better way to celebrate our Pride than with amazing music in a diverse and inclusive atmosphere? We continue to celebrate Pride to remind us of our achievements and to also remind us of our history, struggles, and work that is yet to be done.”
For more information on Chicago Pride click HERE.
For a full list of talent and entertainment for the Pride in the Park Music Festival click HERE.
Header image: Pride in the Park 2019