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Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade Will Start Early In Effort To Cut Down On Drinking

Chicago’s Gay Pride Parade held on the last Sunday in June will step off at 10 a.m. instead of noon.

WBEZ has the report:

Chicagoans might need to wake up a little earlier for the Gay Pride Parade next summer; parade organizers plan to start the festivities at 10 a.m. instead of noon. Ald. Tom Tunney (44th) said he hopes the move will make the crowds more manageable and decrease outside alcohol consumption.

“The changes were precipitated by the actual success of the event and the attendees,” said Tunney. “We went from 400,000 to basically 800,000 in a period of three years. What happened is it got too congested, unsafe, for the residents, and actually the spectators.”

Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer agreed. “Most people are not there getting drunk or drinking, but you have a certain element of people that decide they want to get drunk, so by having the parade two hours earlier, we think that may allieviate some of that problem,” Pfeiffer said.

According to Pfeiffer, clean-up costs after the parade have increased four times what they were a few years ago, and much of those parade expenses have fallen on the shoulders of Pride organizers.

Read the full article via WBEZ

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