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Karamo Brown, all local pro sports teams, NASCAR and more to participate in 2023 Chicago Pride Parade

The organizers of the 53rd annual Chicago Pride Parade released the lineup for this Sunday’s parade, which organizers said will be one of the largest in years. 

Nearly 200 entries are expected this year, up from 170 in 2022.

Organized by PRIDEChicago, the annual parade returned in 2022 after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. 

This year’s lineup includes colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations and elected governmental officials.

WCIU CW26’s decked-out double-decker bus will feature talk show host Karamo Brown.

NASCAR will have an entree, marking a first in Chicago – driver Zach Herrin is openly gay. The parade takes place the weekend prior to NASCAR’s first-ever Cup Series street race in Chicago on July 1 and 2.

All of Chicago’s professional sports teams are represented. The Chicago Blackhawks will be hosted by the Chicago Gay Hockey Assocation and the team plans to bring a Zamboni with its parade entry. 

A new entry from Chicago Sugar Daddy Patisserie promises to be festively delicious. And noticeably absent is Balloons by Tommy, one of the most popular and photographed entrants.

The 53rd annual Chicago Pride Parade is scheduled for Sunday, June 25, 2023 at noon stepping off from Broadway and Montrose in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. The parade will then travel south on Broadway; then south on Halsted; then east on Belmont; then south on Broadway; then east on Diversey to Cannon Drive. 

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