Pride 2021: Big cities playing it safe

Thu. May 27, 2021 8:45 AM by News Staff

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Pride has been celebrated in cities around the globe with parades - that have gotten bigger and bigger - during the month of June.

The coronavirus pandemic brought those plans to a halt last year.

Last spring, the group behind the Chicago Pride Parade, one of the country's largest annual Pride celebrations, canceled its in-person march for the first time in a half-century.

This year, PRIDEChicago announced the parade will be rescheduled from its traditional last Sunday in June to Sunday, Oct. 3.

Related: Chicago Pride Parade a no-go for June, set to step-off in October 2021

Other groups in large cities are also playing it safe in June - returing with a mix of in-person and virtual events.

NYC Pride organizers will hold virtual events like a family movie night, a human rights conference and a rally, among others. It will also hold its usual Pride march on June 27, though it will be mostly virtual.

LA Pride will host a Pride night at Dodgers Stadium on June 11, with a special package available to fully vaccinated attendees, and an in-person outdoor LGBTQ movie night on June 26. Los Angeles Pride will host a free streaming concert June 10 on TikTok featuring Charlie XCX, a virtual “Thrive With Pride Celebration” on KABC-TV. 

Similarly, San Francisco Pride is having two Pride movie nights on June 11 and 12 at Oracle Park and a Black Liberation Event at the African American Art & Culture Complex on June 18.

Capital Alliance Pride in Washington, D.C. will present a Colorful Pridemobile Parade on June 12.

Back in Chicago, Pride in the Park is set for June 26 and 27 with Chaka Khan and Tiesto as headliners. The in-person event will verify that attendees are vaccinated.  

Related: Twin Cities Pride greenlighted for July 17-18; Milwaukee PrideFest nixes plans for October