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Aurora City Council votes to permit proposed Pride Parade

Illinois' second largest city to host its own Pride Parade on June 17 at 1 p.m.

Aurora, IL — Organizers of a proposed Pride Parade in Aurora received a major victory Tuesday when the Aurora City Council voted to grant them a permit for the city's first Pride Parade.

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Aurora committee votes to approve permit for Pride Parade 
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Indivisible Aurora members, in conjunction with several other organizations, applied for the permit in November of 2017. The application was delayed when a group of clergy expressed concerns. Organizers then appeared Jan. 11 before the Aurora Council's Government Operations Committee to further discuss the proposal.

After a three-month delay, which raised concerns by the ACLU, a three-member committee voted 2 to 0 Tuesday to grant the organization a permit and set the date for the inaugural Aurora Pride Parade to be on Father's Day, June 17 at 1 p.m.

Aldermen Rick Mervine and Judd Lofchie voted in favor of the measure while Committee Chair and Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns did not vote.

The proposed parade received support from Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin.

"We are one Aurora and that includes all of us,' Irvin said in a statement released Monday. "It is the right of the organizers to stage the parade."

Indivisible Aurora promised a "tame" celebration.

"It's an event you would be comfortable having your kids come to," Gwyn Ciesla, an Indivisible Aurora member, said.

Ciesla told the west suburban event isn't meant to compete with the 49th annual Chicago Pride Parade slated for June 24.

"We intentionally chose a different date, and I know individuals who want to go to both," she said.

Indivisible Aurora said the parade would not cost taxpayers. The group has already raised thousands of dollars and will reopen fundraising now that it has obtained a permit.

The Aurora Pride Parade will be limited to about 60 units, yet is expected to draw thousand of people to the state's second largest city. 
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Posted by on Tue, 2/13/2018 8:28 PM
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It is interesting that it does directly compete with the 2nd day of Chicago's Pridefest.
Posted by KABPhoto on Tue, 2/13/2018 10:59 PM
"It is interesting that it does directly compete with the 2nd day of Chicago's Pridefest."

The date was provided to Indivisible Aurora from the City of Aurora by the Events Planning people. It was the only date open that didn't' conflict with other planned events in Aurora. Aurora holds all their Parades on Sunday,
Posted by SteveA.341 on Mon, 2/19/2018 1:24 PM
A few of those 'concerned' about this also raised issues on why it was being held of Father's Day. (Hetero-normal standards and stereotypes' were very prevalent at the Feb 13th (and previous) meetings from the minority views of those raising 'objections, concerns, etc.'

Excerpt from additional coverage of this historic event (below).

"... The timing of the parade, which falls on Father’s Day, also drew some questions.

But Gina Moga, special events manager, said the city provided that date to avoid conflicts with other activities, such as shows at the Paramount Theatre and a fundraiser at RiverEdge Park. She said the city hosts parades only on Sundays, so as not to disrupt downtown business, and when Indivisible Aurora asked for a date in June to coincide with Gay Pride Month, only the 17th was available."
Posted by SteveA.341 on Mon, 2/19/2018 1:39 PM
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