Disclaimer: This has very little to do with fandom or marketing issues that might be of interest to fans.
Yesterday, I attended Chicago’s Pride Parade with a friend. He invited me to attend because Lisa Madigan had invited people to walk in the parade on her Fcebook fanpage. The invite said bring a friend. Lisa Madigan is one of my favorite politicians so it seemed like a really cool opportunity to meet her. I’d also never been to an event like Pride and it felt about time in terms of my own coming out experience.
Lisa Madigan’s float was number 81. The parade officially kicked off at noon. We didn’t leave the holding pen until around 12:45. We didn’t reach the end of the route until about 2:35 pm. It was wild. The whole thing was beyond cool. I probably took 250 pictures. The following are about 100 from that selection.
All sorts of people attended with all levels of mobility. There seemed to be a really good job done at making things handicapped accessible.
Some of the volunteers from Lisa Madigan’s float.
That crowd stretched all the way back to the El station at least a block or two away.
Notice the people sitting on the portable toilets.
More people sitting on portable toilets.
Salvation Army giving away free lemonade at their college. Their college was bordered on two sides by this parade. No place to escape from it.
People sitting on tops of street markers. People were all over places that make you go “Huh. Is that safe? and how did you get there?”
The halfway mark?
The Green Man.
Hiding the protesters.
A political message.
A peek through…