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Purpose of the Coalition

Pride Flag.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 80 churches and other ministries in the Chicago metropolitan area which welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have two goals:

  • To spread the message of our members' LGBTQ-inclusion across the Chicago metropolitan area, mindful that a positive message about sexual and family diversity is a gift to all people.
  • To connect the leaders, members, and guests of our partner churches for fellowship and education, enabling support and resource-sharing for the practices of faithful welcome.

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The 2024 Chicago Pride Parade

Luther Memorial ELCA sign.
Photo by Christine Allender.

The following list of 2024 Pride Parade FAQs has been created to provide churches and organizations with some important information about marching in the Pride Parade with the Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches. This document has been updated for the 2024 Parade and will continue to be updated online as additional information becomes available or if anything changes.

Please note - ONLY THOSE GROUPS ALREADY REGISTERED WITH THE COALITION WILL BE ALLOWED TO MARCH THIS YEAR. Anyone showing up on Pride Sunday who has not previously registered with the Coalition for this year's parade will be turned away. Please see the FAQ document for additional details, and for some helpful information for those who are not allowed to march this year.

2024 Chicago Pride Parade Frequently Asked Questions

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This year the city of Chicago has placed limits on the number of marchers in each unit of the Pride Parade, we tried our best to push for more marchers, but we were not entirely successful.

We have reached our capacity for the number of marchers our parade unit is allowed (150 marchers). While we managed to secure space for some additional participants (We were originally limited to 100 participants), we were not able to secure enough spots for all who may wish to join us.

To include as many partners as possible, we have limited each of our partner congregations and organizations to four participants.

The congregations and organizations that registered by May 31 may march with our Coalition unit. If your church or organization did not register on time, you may add their name to our waiting list in case a church drops out.

You may add your group to the waiting list here.

Our Theme for Pride 2024 is:

Celebrating All that We Are in a World that Wants Us Silent!

While the city's decision to limit participation certainly feels like an attempt to silence us, we are committed to marching and standing in solidarity with the LGBTQAI+ community, especially in light of these frustrations.

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Purpose of the Coalition

Pride Flag.

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches is a collaboration of more than 80 churches and other ministries in the Chicago metropolitan area which welcome and affirm people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We have two goals:

  • To spread the message of our members' LGBTQ-inclusion across the Chicago metropolitan area, mindful that a positive message about sexual and family diversity is a gift to all people.
  • To connect the leaders, members, and guests of our partner churches for fellowship and education, enabling support and resource-sharing for the practices of faithful welcome.

Join or Renew Your Partnership

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