ABC 7 Only Station to Broadcast Pride Parade this Weekend
“I am always proud that ABC 7 is the first and only television station to broadcast the Pride Parade,” said Janet Davies, host of the event. “I have many friends and acquaintances in the LGBT community and love that this event celebrates their contributions to help making Chicago the best city ever!” “The 43rd Annual Pride Parade," Chicago’s second largest parade with 200 units and over 400,000 people on the street takes place this weekend on Sunday, June 24th at noon. ABC 7 Chicago is excited to once again broadcast the event on Sunday, June 24 from midnight to 1am.
The parade kicks off from a new corner this year at Broadway and Montrose on Chicago's North Side. The parade ends a weekend of festivities and entertainment supporting the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender communities. Evan Wolfson, founder and President of Freedom to Marry, the campaign to win marriage nationwide, will be this year’s Grand Marshal.
This year, ABC 7’s Ryan Chiaverini, Ron Magers, Hank Mendheim, Karen Meyer, and Linda Yu are scheduled to appear in the parade via ABC 7 Chicago’s float. The broadcast will be hosted by ABC 7’s Entertainment Reporter and Host of “190 NORTH,” Janet Davies. Along with Terri Hemmert, WXRT Radio Chicago, who will once again join Davies in the broadcast booth to help co-host the parade, “190 NORTH’s” Mark Nilsson will capture the festivities on the street.