Chicago celebrates 47th annual Pride Parade

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CHICAGO -- The 47th annual Pride Parade brought thousands of people to Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood to celebrate the LGBT community.

This year’s parade saw huge crowds and heavy security, and for many in the crowd, the event trumpeting LGBT pride took on a new sense of significance after the massacre in Orlando.

The event opened with a moment of silence for the Orlando massacre victims, followed by a parade of portraits showing each of the 49 victims shot and killed at the gay nightclub, Pulse.

With heightened security concerns surrounding LGBT events, Chicago police added 200 officers, visible K-9 units, swat teams and rooftop surveillance.

Attendees included the WGN float, on which Bozo the Clown entertained the crowd, but the parade was as much about the people watching, as it was about the people marching.

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Victims of Orlando massacre remembered at Chicago Pride Parade 

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives at the Chicago Pride Parade 

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