Live stream provides front row seat to Chicago Pride Parade

Mon. June 18, 2012 12:32 PM

gay chicago tv interactive director jhonmar castillo

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Tune in: Chicago Pride Parade on and

Chicago, IL - Gay Chicago TV and today announced a partnership to live stream the 43rd Annual Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 24.

"We're proud to be the first to broadcast the parade from start to finish," said Gay Chicago TV Interactive Director Jhonmar Castillo. "With the addition of live coverage on the Internet more people will have the opportunity to see one of the nation's largest and oldest pride celebrations."

Gay Chicago TV, a trailblazer in original web programming for Chicago's LGBT community, will provide a front row seat to the Chicago Pride Parade with coverage that begins at 12:15 p.m. The parade, which steps off at noon from Broadway and Montrose, will include 196 entries and is expected to draw nearly 800,000 spectators. PRIDEChicago is the official organizer of the parade.

Hosts TJ Chernick and Sam Provenzano from Gay Chicago TV will be joined by's Bill Pritchard to provide comprehensive coverage and unique commentary during the live stream from Cesar's on Broadway, 2924 N. Broadway. During the live coverage viewers will have an opportunity to submit questions or comments via Twitter using hashtag #chipridelive.

The live stream will be available in HD quality picture at and simulcast on The coverage of each parade entry from start to finish will also be available for later viewing at

Following a successful series of live streams, including Andersonville Midsommarfest, the real time HD stream will be one of the biggest productions yet for the web-based TV station. The shared coverage continues an alliance between Gay Chicago TV and to transform the new media landscape for Chicago's LGBT community.

Sunday's coverage will culminate with the season premiere of Gay Chicago TV's ambitious yearlong program schedule on Monday, June 25.

About Gay Chicago TV
Gay Chicago TV (GCTV) is web-based TV station geared toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. GCTV is a refreshing look at real issues, real people and real communities for LGBT people in the Chicago metropolitan area. Offering high quality and diverse content for the whole LGBT community, GCTV features local information, events and sports while showcasing local actors, comedians and filmmakers. GCTV offers platforms to highlight local non-profit organizations and to ask local politicians directly about LGBT issues. Gay Chicago TV's ambitious yearlong program schedule launches on Monday, June 25. Programming is available at

About, part of the GoPride Network, is the leading online resource for Chicago's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community and is the largest Midwest-based LGBT news and entertainment website. connects organizations and businesses with the LGBT population and is ranked in the top 1% of all websites ( has received numerous accolades which include "best LGBT website" (Chicago Magazine) and is currently celebrating its tenth year of service informing, promoting and motivating the LGBT community. Pride photos and coverage available at