June 29, 2008 Chicago. The parade route, from what I could tell went up Halsted and back down Broadway. There were thousands of people from all walks of life that came out for the festivities. Bars and homes along and in between the parade route hosted huge parties.
Scantily clad party goers flashed for beads and danced around to the music that seemed to come from everywhere. When the rain came (on and off all afternoon) it didn't seem to bother anyone and the party continued. Thousands of people came out to show their individual pride in their own way. Although the parade route became littered with cans and cups and other trash, Chicago's sanitation department was out in force to clean up the mess.
Face painting and body art was not uncommon among those who came out and some seemed to wear little else. Despite the Mardi Gras like atmosphere there were a surprising number of families including young children riding bikes and walking around the neighborhoods during the party which covered at least two square miles of the north side of Chicago.
The crowd was rowdy and having fun but it was all in the name of love and peace, and that's the feeling you got walking through the crowds. If you have never been to Chicago Pride, and get the opportunity, it's not something you want to miss.