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.
Previously, officials extended the route of the parade into Uptown and even scheduled the parade and the annual Pride Fest on separate weekends to reduce the strain on the neighborhood, which will again be the case this year with Pride Fest slated for June 20th and 21st. Past warnings about increased enforcement against public drinking, including doubling the fine to $1,000, have done little to curb boozing along the parade route. However, only eight arrests were made at the parade last year, and last fall, Tunney's office conducted a survey of neighborhood residents and 55% said they favored the parade staying in Boystown, according to a report by DNAinfo Chicago.