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Thousands Flood Chicago Streets for Pride March, Despite Dem Mayor's COVID-19 'Rules'

Joint ‘Gay Pride’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ parade draws huge crowds to city

 on 30th June 2020 @ 1.00pm
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Thousands flooded Chicago streets for a joint ‘Gay Pride’ and ‘Black Lives Matter’ parade

Thousands of people have flooded Chicago streets for a "Gay Pride" march, despite the city's Democrat mayor supposedly banning such gatherings under COVID-19 restrictions.

The scenes, showing thousands of people marching in Chicago in a joint "Gay Pride" and "Black Lives Matter" parade, are further raising questions about hypocrisy and double standards in enforcing and reporting social distancing "rules" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Chicago’s annual Pride Parade was officially canceled by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, the first openly gay mayor, due to concerns of COVID-19 spreading.

However, massive crowds gathered in the Lakeview neighborhood on Sunday and marched uptown to “reclaim Pride."

Media appeared to celebrate the event while organizers insisted that the rally was an attempt to “reclaim” the “grassroots” efforts to push gay pride, according to ABC 7.

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Aerial images show thousands gathering in Chicago streets, despite COVID-19 restrictions

The gay pride parade has roots in the Windy City going back to 1972 and has taken place in the Boystown area of the city until this year, when it was canceled over the coronavirus, according to Breitbart.

But the cancellation did not deter avid pride marchers, who began gathering at noon on Sunday near the CTA Belmont station in the Lakeview neighborhood.

Hundreds flocked to the march flogged by social media posts until thousands were massed in close proximity for a two-mile demonstration into Uptown.

“The reason the march is so important is to highlight those lives that we lost and highlight the people whose lives may not have been lost, but have been wrecked just because they exist openly,” Ashabi Owagboriaye told ABC 7.

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Many are questioning the double standards of Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot's COVID-19 'rules'

Organizers tried to tell marchers that masks were required in compliance with the city’s coronavirus rules.

But many photos posted to social media by pride enthusiasts showed large numbers of people without masks, in contradiction to the coronavirus response orders issued by Lightfoot.

Meanwhile, if the scourge of coronavirus appears less worrisome in the minds of the weekend’s pride marchers in the Lakeview neighborhood, the bloodletting in some of the city’s other communities continued unabated with more shot and killed this weekend than in any weekend going back years.

Eighteen people were shot and killed, and an additional 48 were wounded over those 48 hours.

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