NYC Pride 2020 canceled, Chicago Pride events remain on the calendar for now

Mon. April 20, 2020 11:12 AM by News Staff

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The NYC Pride March has been canceled for the first time in its 50-year history, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.

All public events slated for June in New York City — among them the Pride Parade — are postponed as the city tries to stop the spread of coronavirus.

NYC Pride events were originally scheduled to run June 14 - 28.

De Blasio didn't rule out the possibility of the events happening later in the year.

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted the cancelation or postponement of hundreds of Pride celebrations around the world, including Pride in the Park, planned for June 27 and 28 in Grant Park.

During a news conference on April 9, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, "I think everyone needs to think seriously about canceling large summer events."

At that time, Chicago Pride Parade coordinator Tim Frye told that his group is still working toward the parade target date of June 28. Frye acknowledged this is "unknown territory" and said he is ready to make adjustments, whether a postponement or full cancelation. He awaits additional direction from city officials.

The annual parade is a city-wide event that attracts nearly 1 million people to the Lakeview and Uptown neighborhoods.

A spokeswoman for the Northalsted Business Alliance (NBA), which organizes Chicago Pride Fest planned for June 20 - 21, said the group is constantly monitoring the situation and exploring options, which could include a move to a later date this year. An announcement is expected this week. 

NBA also organizes Northalsted Market Days, which is scheduled for Aug. 8 - 9.

Related: Aurora Pride and Buffalo Grove Pride Parade postponed until 2021

Related: PrideFest Milwaukee postponed due to coronavirus outbreak

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