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
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."
I thought the media said mass gatherings were going to kill us all? “Murder,” they said.... https://t.co/kVqqbxt0ik— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) June 28, 2020
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.
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.
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.
Having bright and beautiful memories today of the 2019 Chicago Pride Parade. Pride matters! Inclusion for all!! pic.twitter.com/I6ZT9Z0N4T— ChicagoTeachersUnion (@CTULocal1) June 28, 2020
Cops chill as Pride partiers overtake Halsted Street ’til 4 a.m. Dance on a patrol car? Sure! Set off fireworks in the middle of a crowd? Why not! Fistfight? Of course! Videos posted.https://t.co/qkGTlaC19v— CWBChicago (@CWBChicago) June 29, 2020
Once upon a time, we lived in “boys town” (aka the gayborhood) in Chicago, & my (now 14yo) son’s school marched in the pride parade, & it was beautiful. I miss those days. 🌈 pic.twitter.com/RGmxTsSEDY— LSawyerICAHDQ (@LSawyerED) June 26, 2020
This is traditionally #pride weekend in Chicago! And while the parade is not happening, we can still celebrate!For all the people in my life- know you are supported, encouraged & loved to live and pursue your best, most authentic life w/o compromise or shame! Happy Pride y’all! pic.twitter.com/WCVOI3F0sn— Mr. Arsenie (@MrArsenie) June 28, 2020
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.
Pride Weekend Stupidity— HeyJackass.com (@w_h_thompson) June 29, 2020
2020: 18 killed, 48 wounded
2019: 5 killed, 55 wounded
2018: 3 killed, 23 wounded
2017: 7 killed, 47 wounded
2016: 8 killed, 50 wounded
2015: 5 killed, 24 wounded
2014: 2 killed, 42 wounded
YTD: 332 killed, 1394 wounded#Chicago https://t.co/w4VfPpwxii
Eighteen people were shot and killed, and an additional 48 were wounded over those 48 hours.