Quinn received warm reception throughout 45th Pride Parade

Date: 
07/02/2014
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Governor Quinn amid the crowds

Governor Pat Quinn was on hand for the 45th Annual Chicago PRIDE Parade on June 29, which passed hundreds of thousands of cheering people lining the route starting at Montrose and Broadway and winding its way southeast through Uptown and Lakeview, ending at Diversey and Sheridan. 

Quinn marched the entire route of the parade, shaking hands and receiving cheers from the crowd for his signing of marriage equality legislation, which went into effect statewide on June 1 this year. 

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Noriega (holding rainbow flag) with partner Evette Cardona

There were many floats and signs celebrating Illinois becoming one of 19 states where same-sex couples can legally marry. His challenger, Bruce Rauner did not attend the PRIDE Parade. 

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Gary Chichester

Chicago Commissioner of Human Relations (CCHR) Mona Noriega was among the participants this years. Noriega is one of the highest ranking LGBT officials in Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's administration. 

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"Gus"

Among the 200 some groups marching in this year's PRIDE Parade was AVER (American Veterans for Equal Rights) who each year enlists volunteers to carry their 50-foot long American flag which they have nicknamed "GUS."

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Aldermen Arena, Waguespack and Fioretti

In addition, Gary Chichester of the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame (GLHF) carried a sign in honor of late Chicago House Music legend Frankie Knuckles.

This year, the GLHF float played Frankie Knuckles' music as a tribute during the parade. The GLHF recognizes the many contributions of LGBT individuals, organizations and their allies to Chicago. An induction ceremony is held each year to welcome new inductees.

Aldermen participating in the event included 45th Ward's John Arena, 32nd Ward's Scott Waguespack and 2nd Ward's Bob Fioretti.

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