CHICAGO -- Before you even got inside, you could tell things were a little different at this year’s Pride Fest. Security was a bit tighter, more officers were mingling, and the mood was one of cautious joy after last Sunday.
“I think everyone thinks about it but you can’t let it dominate your life. You keep on having pride,” said Anna Risher.
As the afternoon wore on, the celebration of life and pride got a little louder along with the music.
There were no tears, plenty of love to go around, and evidence of a community – really a city – coming together not to forget, but to look toward the future.
“We recognize our ongoing struggling but we are going to celebrate; we have a lot to celebrate despite the tragedy,” said Timothy Nuse.
The festivities continue throughout the night on Halsted and there are many more pride events to come, including the parade a week from tomorrow.
What happened in Orlando certainly is still weighing on everyone’s mind but one thing was clear: people’s pride is stronger their ever.