TEN TIPS FOR PARADE SPECTATORS

1. $1000 FINE FOR PUBLIC ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION: The parade will have more security and a tighter rein on public alcohol consumption. In addition to the large number of police officers who staff the event, PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators) are providing a security team to supplement the police presence. Penalties include, but are not limited to $1000+ tickets being issued and/or the immediate disposal of open containers of alcoholic beverages into trash receptacles. (Public urination is also grounds to receive a ticket).

2. STARTING TIME: The parade starts at 12 Noon. So, arrive early to find a good spot.

3. PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Parking in the area is limited, so walk, take public transportation (or if you must drive, then car pool). For CTA/PACE/Metra transit information, call 1-312-836-7000; Web Site: www.transitchicago.com or 1-312-322-6900, Web Site:  www.metrarail.com ; Potential spectators are advised to consider making use of  RED line el stations including Sheridan Road, Wilson Avenue or Addison Street  (The Belmont stop becomes extremely over crowded on parade day).

4. BARRICADES: The parade route will be lined with iron barricades. Spectators will be required to stand behind the barricades, not in the street. Besides the parade registrants traveling down the middle of the street, only police officers, other city officials, security staff, parade marshals and credentialed members of the media will be allowed in the street.

5. PEDESTRIAN CROSS-OVER STREETS: The 9 corners where pedestrians may cross from one side of the parade route to the other side include: Montrose Ave. at Broadway; Irving Park Rd. at Broadway; Grace St. at Halsted St.; Addison St. at Halsted St.; Roscoe St. at Halsted St.; Wellington Ave. at Broadway; Aldine St. at Halsted St. Cornelia Ave at Halsted St; Barry Ave at Broadway.
There will be police officers assigned to assist pedestrians in crossing at these locations. For updates:  www.ChicagoPrideCalendar.org 

6. CROWDS: Since the number of spectators have increased dramatically in recent years on Halsted Street, spectators are being advised to try other sections of the parade route to view the parade (for example, 4000 to 4300 N. Broadway).  In addition, spectators must watch the parade on the actual parade route, not in the assembly area. (The assembly area is for parade participants only).

7. SAMPLING: City ordinance prevents parade participants from tossing items to spectators. Likewise, spectators should not toss items back to parade participants. Spectators are not allowed to walk into the street to get items. Spectators must wait until parade participants come to the sidelines to hand out items. Parade participants are not allowed to hand out items to spectators who are standing on sidewalks in the assembly area. Spectators who want sample items must view the parade from the parade route, not the assembly area. For safety, no high powered water rifles are allowed.

8. TRASH: Keep the neighborhood clean by using trash barrels provided along the route.

9. NEEDS & SPECIAL NEEDS: Physically challenged/wheelchair accessible and senior area is provided. See parade website for details. Portable restrooms are placed along parade route.

10. POLICE PERSONNEL ARE ON HAND ( as well as parade marshals): In addition, PRIDEChicago (parade coordinators) are providing security officers to assist. But spectators can be a big help by obeying the above rules and city ordinances in relation to alcohol consumption and other issues.