by Tony Mazzarri
The Chicago Pride Parade has been an LGBTQ institution in the city for nearly 50 years. According to data provided by Chicago Pride Parade, attendance has risen sharply since 1985. That year, 35,000 people attended. 5 years later, in 1990, attendance nearly tripled to 100,000. By 2000, that number would triple again to 350,000.
Fast forward to 2014, and the numbers of attendance have risen to over 1 million, becoming one of the largest LGBTQ pride parades in the world. For the estimated numbers of attendance for each year listed, click the chart below.