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2017 Chicago Pride Parade line of march released

Chicago Pride Parade keeps name, format and location in 2017

Chicago, IL — The organizers of the 48th annual Chicago Pride Parade, have released the parade line of march, which includes 150 entries featuring colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations, elected governmental officials and individuals.

Chicago Pride Parade, 2016 :: eamonn sexton
Chicago Pride Parade, 2016 
credit :: eamonn sexton
The 2017 Chicago Pride Parade will step off at noon on Sunday, June 25 at Broadway and Montrose in the Uptown neighborhood. The parade will then travel the 21-block parade route south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.

In May, "Orange is the New Black" star and Illinois-native Lea DeLaria was named Grand Marshal for 2017. 

The Chicago Pride Parade is one of 31 parades in the City of Chicago, and all are supposed to be 2 hours, 15 minutes, according to organizers.

"The parade went very well (last year) with cross representation of a lot of community groups, businesses, elected officials and others," organizer Richard Pfieffer told ChicagoPride.com.

Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Pride Parade altered its format, based on the current political climate, to become a 'Resist March.' There are no similar plans for Chicago's Pride Parade.

"In a parade, you can still make a political or social statement, and you'll probably see that this year in Chicago and across the nation," said Pfieffer.

Chicago's annual Pride Parade is the culmination of June Pride Month and is organized by PRIDEChicago under the direction of Pfeiffer. (chicagopridecalendar.org)

There are about 90 Pride Parades annually in the U.S., and about 13 are held on the last Sunday in June.

2017 PRIDE PARADE LINE OF MARCH – FINAL LIST

Organizations and Local & National Businesses featuring their LGBT Employee Groups

1. Intro–Banner/Color Guard (Scouts for Equality)/Grand Marshal

2. Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame – float/car w/walkers

3. Puerto Rican Cultural Center - VIDA/SIDA – float w/walkers

4. Project VIDA, Inc – mini bus w/walkers

5. Nettelhorst School – golf cart w/walkers

6. Near North Montessori School – school bus w/walkers

7. Chicago Waldorf School – school bus w/walkers

8. Erie Family Health Center and Angles - walkers

9. Francis W. Parker School and Catherine Cook School - walkers

10. American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), Jesse Brown VA LGBTQ/A Association & Hines VA. - car/flag/walkers

11. Lakeside Pride Marching Band/Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles – band w/van

12. Lesbian Gay Police Assoc./GOAL & law enf reps – float/car/truck

13. Chicago Gender Society and Chi-Chapter - float

14. Chicago Cubs – float w/walkers

15. Elected Officials and candidates for elective office

16. Entry lines up on Sheridan:  Organized Chaos Chicago - motorcycles

17. Entry lines up on Sheridan:  Bikes and Mics – motorcycles w/vehicle

18. Entry lines up on Sheridan:  Windy City Rollers (non-profit) Inc - skaters

19. Entry lines up on Sheridan:  Chicago Gay Bikers – motorcycles w/truck trailer

20. Entry lines up on Sheridan:  Fitness Formula Clubs – flatbed/walkers

21. Folia Brasil – walkers

22. Heels and Hardhats Contracting – dump truck/trailer

23. Chicago Black Gay Men's Caucus – walkers

24. Chicago Teachers Union Local 1 - float

25. ABC 7 Chicago – float/van w/walkers

26. Equality Illinois – float w/walkers

27. Center on Halsted and U.S. Bank (U.S. Bank - LBGT SPECTRUM Employee Resource Group) – float w/walkers

28. Lambda Legal – float w/walkers

29. Asians & Friends Chicago and China Rainbow Network – float w/walkers

30. AARP Illinois - trolley

31. Balloons by Tommy, LLC – bus w/walkers

32. MB Financial Bank – trolley/walkers

33. LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois – trolley w/walkers

34. PFLAG – trolley w/walkers

35. Howard Brown Health & Whole Foods Market – float w/walkers

36. Chicago Gay Hockey Association – SUV w/walkers

37. Chicago Dragons Rugby Football Club, Inc - walkers

38. Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce – float w/walkers

39. Second City Outlaws – truck/trailer w/walkers

40. PAWS Chicago – float w/walkers

41. Sidetrack w/Chicago Spirit Brigade – float w/walkers

42. Comcast - including NBC 5 Chicago & Telemundo Chicago (OUT CHICAGO at Comcast) – double decker bus w/walkers

43. Robert Jeffrey Hair Studio – float w/walkers

44. Univision Chicago - float

45. Roscoe's Tavern – flatbed truck w/walkers

46. Chicago Public Library, Dept. of Health, TPAN – vehicle w/walkers

47. WGN Television – float w/walkers

48. WGN Radio with Jewel-Osco – float w/walkers

49. LEAGUE at AT&T Chicago Chapter – float w/walkers

50. Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches – panel truck w/walkers

51. Elmhurst College & Chicago Theological Seminary & Bodhi Spiritual Center – mini bus w/walkers

52. Athletic Alliance of Chicago – float w/walkers

53. Chicago Smelts – float w/walkers

54. Chicago Metropolitan Sports Association (CMSA) – float w/walkers

55. Temple Sholom of Chicago - Or Chadash/Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation/Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah/TempleJudea Mizpah/ Am Yisrael Conservative Congregation/Congregation Beth Shalom – float w/walkers

56. Anti-Defamation League, Israeli Consulate to the Midwest – float w/walkers

57. National Organization for Women Chicago Chapter/Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago – car w/walkers

58. Walgreen Co (Walgreens PRIDE Alliance) w/THE LEGACY PROJECT – pickup truck w/walkers

59. Rainbow SIG Chicago Area Mensa

60. Human Rights Campaign – SUV w/walkers

61. Alcala's Western Wear and PRIDE FILMS & PLAYS – float w/walkers

62. Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center – trolley w/walkers

63. University of Illinois:  College of Nursing, College of Applied Health Sciences, Jane Addams College of Social Work, College of Medicine, School of Public Health, College of Dentistry, University of Illinois Hospital - walkers

64. Rush University Medical Center (Rush PRIDE and Rush LGBTQ Leadership Council) – float w/walkers

65. DePaul University (LGBTQ Faculty and Staff Network and LGBTQ Student Services) - walkers

66. University of Chicago Biological Sciences Office of Diversity & Inclusion – walkers

67. Thousand Waves Marshal Arts & Self-Defense Center – walkers

68. Civis Analytics – walkers

69. Grab Magazine - float

70. Broadway In Chicago – float w/walkers

71. T-Mobile & About Face Theatre (T-Mobile PRIDE & ALLIES Network) – float w/walkers

72. Thresholds – float w/walkers

73. National Gay Pilots Association – flatbed w/walkers

74. United Airlines, Inc. (EQUAL) – float w/walkers

75. American Airlines (PRIDE Chicago EBRG) – golf cart mini plane w/walkers

76. Boeing Company    (BEAGLES - Boeing Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bi, Transgender Employees & Friends) – pickup truck w/walkers

77. Orbitz (GUIDE) – mini-van w/walkers

78. Evanston Subaru in Skokie – SUV w/walkers

79. WXRT:  93XRT Chicago's Finest Rock and Tito's Handmade Vodka and Four Seasons Heating & Air Conditioning – float w/walkers

80. SEIU Illinois – float w/walkers

81. Local 881 United Food and Commercial Workers – float w/walkers

82. UNITE HERE Local 1 – float w/walkers

83. Chicago Fire Soccer Club & Section 8 Chicago NFP – firetruck w/walkers

84. WCPT 820/Liberty Subaru – float w/walkers

85. Nuns 4 Fun Entertainment – float w/walkers

86. Chicago Boyz – trolley w/walkers

87. WKSC 103.5 KISS FM + Lemon Lemon - float

88. Remarked Salon/Concept Effects – truck trailer w/walkers

89. Chicago Northside Toyota – double decker bus w/walkers

90. ComEd (Exelon's PRIDE Employee Resource Group) – bucket truck w/walkers

91. WCIU, The U – double decker bus w/walkers

92. United Way of Metropolitan Chicago – float w/walkers

93. Hyatt Hotel Corporation (HyPRIDE Business Resource Group) & Chicago House – trolley w/walkers

94. Chicago Athletic Clubs – float w/walkers

95. Chicago Gay Men's Chorus and Wells Fargo & Company (PRIDE Team Member Network) – float w/walkers

96. ForeskinPride.org – panel van w/walkers

97. Art Institute of Chicago with Bank of America (Bank of America LGBT PRIDE CHICAGO) – double decker bus w/walkers

98. Queen! Sundays at Smart Bar – float w/walkers

99. Chicago Leather/Fetish Pride – flatbed truck w/walkers

100. Fox 32 Chicago – float w/walkers

101. Mercy for Animals – float w/walkers

102. Nexus Radio – float

103. Veterinary Specialist Center – float/walkers

104. Gerber Collision & Glass – van w/walkers

105. LA Tan – float w/walkeers

106. B96 – float w/walkers

107. Gay Liberation Network – pickup truck w/walkers

108. Bloomingdale's – walkers

109. Facebook – walkers

110. Salesforce (OUTFORCE) – float/walkers

111. Pandora Internet Radio - Chicago Office   (Chicago PRIDE) – passenger truck w/walkers

112. Hell in a Handbag Productions – car w/walkers

113. BMO Harris Bank (BMO PRIDE US) & the Chicago Bulls – float w/walkers

114. Starbucks (PRIDE ALLIANCE NETWORK) – car w/walkers

115. Nordstrom - walkers

116. PepsiCo (EQUAL) – double decker bus w/walkers

117. KPMG LLP (PRIDE@KPMG) – float w/walkers

118. Sears Holding Corporation - K-Mart (PRIDE) – float w/walkers

119. JPMorgan Chase Bank & Co. (PRIDE) – float w/walkers

120. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (PRIDE ALLIANCE) – float w/walkers

121. Astellas Pharma US, Inc.  (TAO - Together as One) – float w/walkers

122. Navigant (LGBTA ERG - Employee Resource Group) – float w/walkers

123. WW Grainger (EQUALITY ALLIANCE BRG - Business Resource Group) – trolley w/walkers

124. Kraft Heinz (LGBT Business Resource Group) – company mobile w/walkers

125. FCB Chicago – float w/walkers

126. Thompson Chicago – float w/walkers

127. Accenture LLP   (LGBT ERG - Employee Resource Group) – double decker bus w/walkers

128. Baxter Healthcare Corporation    (Baxter EQUALITY NETWORK) – trolley w/walkers

129. Groupon – double decker bus w/walkers

130. Siemens Healthineers (Siemens PRIDE NETWORK) – double decker bus w/walkers

131. CME Group (PRIDE [Promoting Rights, Inclusion, Diversity and Equality]) – float w/walkers

132. Discover Financial Services – trolley w/walkers

133. Aon – double decker bus w/walkers

134. LinkedIn (OUT@IN) – float w/walkers

135. Deloitte LLP (DELOITTE CHICAGO INCLUSION COUNCIL) – float w/walkers

136. Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.   (TAKE PRIDE) – float w/walkers

137. Chipotle Mexican Grill – double decker bus w/walkers

138. Gap Inc. (Gap Gear [GAY EMPLOYEES ALLIES & RESOURCES]) – trolley w/walkers

139. Tesla, Inc. – car w/walkers

140. Liberty Mutual (PRIDE at Liberty) - walkers

141. Mosaic Sales Solutions US Operating Co. LLC – float w/walkers

142. Tyson Foods (Tyson Foods PRIDE NETWORK) – float

143. Allstate (Allstate PRIDE) – float w/walkers

144. Constellation Brands (CORONA) - float

145. JLL (BUILDING PRIDE BUSINESS NETWORK) – float w/walkers

146. Smirnoff Vodka, Diageo North America (Diageo ERG/RAINBOW NETWORK) – float w/walkers

147. TD Ameritrade (DIVERSITY & INCLUSION) – float w/walkers

148. BP Products North American Inc. (BP PRIDE Business Resource Group) – float w/walkers

149. Huntington Bank (LGBTA NETWORK) – ice cream van w/walkers

150. Northrop Grumman Corporation (PRIDE In DIVERSITY ALLIANCE – PriDA – trolley w/walkers
 
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