Over a million people celebrated in Sunday’s 45th annual Gay Pride Parade on Chicago’s North Side.
This is the first year same-sex marriages are now legal in Illinois.
Gov Quinn, Mayor Emanuel, Sen Durbin and other policticians were on hand marching in the parade and showing support of same sex marriage.
Republican candidate for governor Bruce Rauner was not in attendance. He recently has been in the hot seat for allegedly saying he would have vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage.
Rauner says he was quoted out of context and Gov Quinn has blown the issue out of proportion.
This year’s parade came with some new rules.
Chicago police sent out a letter urging residents living along the route not to gather on rooftops.
Police also paid close attention to the number of people on balconies and watched for anyone throwing objects of any kind into the street.
The big restriction at today’s celebration: No public consumption of alcohol with increased fines running between $500 and a thousand dollars.
The parade wasn’t without its minor inconveniences.
Red and Brown Line CTA trains were bypassing the Belmont station this afternoon.
A CTA spokesman said police requested that trains skip the station around 1 p.m.
A tweet from the transit agency said it was done for safety reasons due to police activity near the parade route.
Trains resumed regular stops at around 1 p.m.