Thousands filled the streets on the city’s north side for Chicago’s 44th annual Gay Pride Parade.
The event took on more meaning this year because of the landmark Supreme Court ruling earlier this week, that struck down the Defense of Marriage Act, and the separate ruling that reinstated gay marriage in California.
That ruling did little for gay and lesbian couples here in Illinois. State politicians failed to call gay marriage to a vote during their spring session, prompting many activists to demand that politicians be banned from this year’s parade.
The parade featured more than 200 floats, performers, and walkers. Former NFL player Wade Davis, who is openly gay, served as Grand Marshal.