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2012 Chicago Pride Parade line of march released

June 18, 2012|By Amanda Boleman | RedEye

PRIDEChicago announced the line of march for the 43rd Annual Chicago Pride Parade today with an all-new route to accommodate the increasing number of attendees to the world-famous parade.

"Crowds were so heavy last year that we needed to lengthen the parade route," said parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer. "The extended route will include four elevated stops (Belmont, Addison, Sheridan and Wilson) for people to get to the parade, and we also added six new cross-over streets to combat crowd control issues."

Starting on the corner of Broadway and Montrose in Uptown, the parade will kick off at noon on Sunday  and will continue south on Broadway; then south on Halstead; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. Cross-over streets will include Montrose Avenue, Irving Park Road, Addison Street, Grace Street, Roscoe Street and Wellington Avenue.

With crowd sizes projected in the hundreds of thousands, spectators are encouraged to arrive early to secure a spot for the parade, which will feature almost 200 community organizations, businesses, government officials and individual community members.

"We have some new entries this year," Pfeiffer said. "Look out for the sailors from Great Lakes who formed the first on-site LGBT group in the military and grand marshal Evan Wolfson, who has been the father of the marriage movement around the country for LGBT people to marry."

Here is the line of march as listed on the parade's official website.

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