Thursday, June 21, 2012

Uptown, Get Ready! You're Hosting A Parade On Sunday

Don't know if you've heard, but ... the Pride Parade is Sunday and it all starts here.  Uptown is the staging point and the first leg of the 2012 parade route.  It all begins at Montrose and Broadway, and ends at Diversey and Cannon Drive.  Expect the first floats to be put into place early Sunday morning.

You can find ALL the details on Ald. Cappleman's and Ald. Tunney's websites.  Below, we have excerpted the portions that pertain to Uptown in particular.

Some facts:  It's going to be crowded.  There are going to be hundreds of thousands of people viewing the parade.  There are about 50 fewer entries in the parade itself, and the route is longer, in an effort to avoid bunching.  It won't be easy to get around, and your usual routine will be interrupted.  If you're used to finding parking on your street, you won't be able to.  Your el will be crowded and your bus may be rerouted.

To that we say:  Enjoy it.  It's a single day, it's a celebration, and if you've never been to Pride, it's one of the happiest parades the City has seen.  Our neighbors to the south have been hosting it for years now, and they seem to be doing just fine.  No parking woes for us... we can just walk on over.  This is yet another opportunity to showcase Uptown as a destination, rather than somewhere to pass through quickly.  By Monday morning, the floats will have left, Streets and San will have done their thing, and all the spectators will be gone.  Your bus and train commutes will be back to normal.  With any luck, you'll have some good memories to hold you until next year...

Here's the official buzz -- again, you can see details about the entire route on Ald. Tunney and Ald. Cappleman's websites:

DATE: Sunday, June 24, 2012.  TIME: 12:00 Noon
PARADE KICK-OFF: Broadway & Montrose

NEW ROUTE: Steps off from the Broadway/Montrose corner, proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.
NEW STAGING LINE-UP: North Broadway (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Wilson); West Montrose (both the north and south curb lanes from Broadway to Clark) and North Sheridan Road (both the east and the west curb lanes, from Montrose to Sunnyside).
NEW PARADE ROUTE CLOSURES: There will be rolling closure times. Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route. The parade starts at 12:00 Noon at the Broadway/Montrose corner proceeding south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive.  Cross streets will close as the parade travels south down the route.
  • Montrose Ave. - Clark St. to Hazel St.
  • Broadway St. - Wilson Ave. to Grace St.
  • Sheridan Rd. - Sunnyside Ave. to Buena Ave.
TOWING:  Due to the volume of vehicles involved, towing will begin promptly at 5:00AM.
PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS:  At each corner of the streets listed below, there will be four police officers assigned to assist pedestrians to cross the parade route:
  • Montrose Ave.
  • Irving Park Rd.
PARADE INFORMATION:  The parade will feature 200 registered entries including floats, decorated vehicles, performance groups, a marching band and walking contingents. The entries represent community organizations, businesses, governmental officials and individual community members. Crowd estimates each year are in the hundreds of thousands. The parade route will be lined with barricades on both sides of the street from beginning to the end of the parade route. Spectators will be required to remain behind the barricades. (Only parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, police officers, other city officials, parade marshals and credentialed media reps will be allowed in the street).
After stepping off at 12:00 PM, the parade will take approximately two and one-half hours to finish crossing the Broadway & Montrose corner. After this time, the floats will still be winding their way to the end of the parade route at Diversey & Sheridan.  Police officers along with the parade marshals will be present along the route.
Alcohol consumption WILL NOT be tolerated under any circumstances. Open containers containing alcohol are illegal on the streets and sidewalks in Chicago. You will be subject to receiving a costly ticket and/or arrest from the Chicago Police Department.
The streets on the parade route will begin to be cleaned by Streets and Sanitation immediately after the last float has passed.  Streets and Sanitation will continue to clean the residential side streets through the end of Monday, June 25th.
Police will work to re-open the streets to vehicular traffic as soon as cleaning crews are finished and the streets WILL NOT remain open to foot traffic.
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  The new parade route has been lengthened to accommodate more CTA El Stations this year.  The Wilson, Sheridan and Addison stations all provide convenient access via a short walk to the parade route.
Please note that the area around Belmont has historically been very crowded, so we urge you to consider areas near the new start of the parade route, such as Broadway Avenue south of Montrose.
The following bus routes will be rerouted:
  • 22 Clark  
  • 36 Broadway  
  • 78 Montrose  
  • 145 Wilson/Michigan Exp  
  • 151 Sheridan 
Additional information on the reroutes can be obtained by calling the CTA customer service at 1-312-836-7000 or visiting
For all additional information, click here for the Chicago Pride Parade website 

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