Chicagoans flock to 2015 Pride Parade

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CHICAGO -- The parade's colors were bright and vibrant, shining and sparkling down Broadway to the rhythms of celebration.

With a beautiful June Sunday serving as backdrop, the 2015 Chicago Pride Parade was a spectacle for the senses.

This pride weekend will be marked forever in American legal and social history: Chicago's annual honoring of its LGBT community and causes has fallen within hours of the Supreme Court's decision to overturn bans on same-sex marriage.

"I feel like I'm at home and secure," said Sandra Gomez.

And marriage was on the minds of many hoping one day to exercise their legal freedom.

"This is the best place in the world to find somebody," said Dee Courtney.

But Illinois was well ahead of the highest court; gay marriages became legal here twelve months ago. That's when Donna Walker married her wife in her hometown.

"It's a great city to live in," Walker said.

Chicago, many said, is a place where Sunday wasn't the only great day to be gay.

"You get freedom here without discrimination or anything," said Julia Vellon. That's what I like about it."

LGBT support could be seen in the three hour long line of floats -- with businesses, politicians, schools and Chicago's very own eager to wave the rainbow flag for sidewalks stacked with spectators.

"We found our wedding photographer on the LGBT Chamber of Commerce and an LGBT friendly venue to have our wedding in a backyard on Prairie Avenue," said Logan Steiner.

Said Michael Waltz, "This is one of the better places. There are other parts of the country without as much protection as we have here."

Though marriage was one big reason for the revelry Sunday, many said it was only one victory for a community in need of many more.

Click on PHOTO GALLERY below to view photos of WGN-TV at the 2015 Pride Parade.


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