Chicago Pride Fest kicks off this morning, entertainment includes Leann Rimes, Pabllo Vittar

Sat. June 22, 2019 7:55 AM by News Staff

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It's Pride Month in Chicago and no one celebrates Pride better than Northalsted. The 19th annual Chicago Pride Fest gets underway at 11 a.m. this morning in Boystown, which is now proudly home to 14 colorful rainbow crosswalks.

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The two-day street festival will feature entertainment from multi-platinum Grammy winner Leann Rimes, Brazilian sensation Pabllo Vittar and Broadway vocalist Alex Newell among others.

Related: Chicago Pride Fest brings summer fun to Boystown - 2019 entertainment lineup

New this year, 103.5 KISS FM presents the first-ever Rainbow Run on Sunday. Runners in the drag race are encouraged to wear the most stylish of high heels. The winner takes home $1,000. Register for free online.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the street fest, which runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. down North Halsted Street from Addison to Grace. A $10 suggested donation is requested at the entrance.

Chicago's LGBTQ community has plenty to celebrate this year. The city recently elected its first black woman and first openly lesbian mayor. This year is even more profound as it marks the 50th anniversary of Stonewall.

Other Pride events happening this month:

Chicago Is a Drag Festival: Dubbed the city's first outdoor drag festival, CIADF will take place from 4-11 p.m. on June 28 in the Cheetah Gym Parking Lot in Andersonville. The 21 and older event will be held in conjunction with the annual Back Lot Bash. 

Pride in the Park: Marking the first pride event of its kind in downtown Chicago, Pride in the Park will bring major acts like Iggy Azalea and Steve Aoiki to the city the day before the annual parade. The event takes place June 29 in Grant Park.

Pier Pride: The daylong family celebration of LGBTQ culture in Chicago will take place at Navy Pier from noon to 11 p.m. on June 29.

Pride Parade: The 50th annual Chicago Pride Parade steps off at noon on June 30. It is the culmination of Pride Month celebrations in Chicago. 

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