Chicago’s 45th annual Gay Pride Parade stepped off at noon Sunday with nearly a million people expected to pack the streets on Chicago’s North Side.
This is the first year same-sex marriages are now legal in Illinois.
In Cook County alone, the Cook County Clerk David Orr has issued more than 3,000 marriage licenses to same-sex couples since February 21 when the very first marriage license was issued.
State and federal representatives, senators and Governor Quinn are expected to be here as well but his Republican opponent Bruce Rauner will not attend the parade.
He has made that quite clear, in fact, that if he were governor at the time when the same-sex marriage bill was going through state legislature, he would not have signed the bill if it came to his desk and for that he has drawn the ire of LGBT community.
This is a four mile parade had 205 entries.
Chicago police last year said more than one million people attended the 2013 parade.