More than 1 million revelers turned out, amid practically perfect weather, for the Gay Pride Parade down Broadway and Halsted streets in Chicago's Boystown neighborhood on Sunday.
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The mood, on the heels of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down a key part of the Defense of Marriage Act last week, was jubilant though bittersweet given the Illinois state legislature's failure to advance marriage equality legislation the previous month.
The parade came off without major incident, parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer told the Windy City Times, though ambulances were called for some who suffered from alcohol poisoning or heat exhaustion.
Former NFL player Wade Davis served as the parade's grand marshal and elected officials participating in the affairs included Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Gov. Pat Quinn, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, U.S. Reps. Mike Quigley, Robin Kelly and Jan Schakowsky and many more.