Evanston Pride youth car parade, James Park picnic, memorial at Morton Civic Center on June 26

Thu. June 24, 2021 6:37 AM by Gerald Farinas

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Evanston Pride released details of its citywide Pride celebrations on June 26. It will feature a youth car parade, community picnic, and a candle lighting and remembrance ceremony.

Reservations for the events are requested at evanstonpride.org.

The youth car parade starts at 1 p.m. through Evanston's neighborhoods and will end at James Park—near the Levy Senior Center, 300 Dodge Ave., Evanston.

The picnic at James Park starts at 3 p.m.

“Evanston Pride will provide bottled water, canned soda and music. Bring your own food, blankets, chairs, umbrellas, or other picnic accessories,” organizers shared.

“All of Evanston's [LGBTQ] community is invited to a picnic in James Park. A short program will center and celebrate our [LGBTQ] youth.”

At 7 p.m., there will be a candle lighting and remembrance ceremony at Evanston's city hall—the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave.

“Join Evanston Pride and local leaders to honor and remember those lost to violence, disease or discrimination in the long fight for [LGBTQ] equality and visibility,” organizers expressed. “A brief program will conclude with a ceremonial lighting of candles.”

“Last year, as the pandemic changed all public events, I was delighted to participate in a small but boisterous and joyful Pride car parade,” Evanston Mayor Daniel Biss told GoPride.com.

“This summer, other, more creative approaches will be taken. Whatever the medium, what matters most is that Evanston stands with and celebrates our LGBT community, who are vital to our civic and cultural life—not just during June but every single day,” he continued.

Many Evanston businesses decked out their shopfronts for the Pride festivities.

Spice House, 1941 Central St. covered their windows in Keith Haring pop art framed by an array of Pride flags.

Farther south, Coffee Lab and Roasters, 910 Noyes St., also decked out in Pride colors, invited the public to view the youth car parade from its shopfront.

From there, the parade is expected to turn southward toward downtown Evanston and Fountain Square.

Known for hiring LGBTQ youth and young adults, Coffee Lab will be donating 10 percent of June 26 proceeds to The Trevor Project.