City officials warned Monday that they are prepared to find a new home for Chicago's massive LGBT Pride Parade -- that is, unless authorities, organizers, and Boystown can clean up its act this year.
While the 2015 Pride Parade is confirmed to take place in Boystown on June 28th, Ald. Tom Tunney (44th Ward) and Ald. James Cappleman (46th Ward) issued a joint statement with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, saying, "[I]f there is not a serious improvement in the parade’s impact on surrounding residents' quality of life this year, the next step is to assemble an advisory group to make recommendations for moving the parade out of the Lakeview community."
In other words, the city is threatening to move the parade unless everyone behaves.
Cappleman and Tunney, as well as an advisory committee of neighborhood stakeholders met with the mayor's office to plan changes for this year's parade, seemingly in hopes of achieving better crowd control and reducing issues like public drinking and crime associated crowds at the parade, which has attracted over a million revelers in recent years. As a result, officials say parade goers should expect "enhanced" enforcement against drinking in the streets, general improvements to the way the parade operates, and a "stricter public safety plan," according to the statement.