Chicago Pride festivities kick into high gear this weekend, with celebrations throughout the city leading up to the Chicago Pride Parade in Boystown on Sunday.
The organizers of the 47th annual Chicago Pride Parade, have released the parade line-up, which includes 160 entries featuring colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands and walking contingents representing community businesses, organizations, elected governmental officials and individuals.
Jordin Sparks shared a moment of silence for the Pulse Orlando victims and moved the massive Chicago Pride Fest crowd in a soul-touching rendition of "Amazing Grace".
Out athletes Robbie Rogers and Esera Tuaolo were among the celebrities who participated in the Los Angeles Dodgers' fourth annual LGBT Pride Night.
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