The 45th annual Chicago Pride Parade was held yesterday with nearly a million people in attendance. The parade kicked off near Montrose and Broadway, and continued down through the heart of Boystown on Halstead. Parade goers were warned there would be a heightened police presence and anyone caught illegally drinking could be fined one thousand dollars. But there were only 8 arrests, despite the police presence and chaotic scene. The streets were littered with debris and broken glass and attendees stumbled should-to-shoulder through crowds numbering in the thousands. With its increasingly mainstream appeal has the Pride Parade outgrown Boystown?+
Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor of Windy City Times, Heather Way, executive director of the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, and Art Johnston, the owner of Side Track, join us to discuss the Pride Parade and its future.
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