By Grace Watkins
The Chicago Pride Parade is an annual parade celebrating LGTBQIA* rights and societal acceptance. The parade usually features performers, live music and a march through downtown Chicago. The streets are lined with booths and side events.
Parade attendance has substantially increased each year. Attendance of the parade has increased as societal acceptance of gay rights has increased. The parade itself also serves as a way to create acceptance.
Gay marriage was legalized in all 50 states in 2015. By this time, the Chicago Pride Parade had already had around 1 million people in attendance in 2013 and 2014. This graph outlines attendance from 1985 to 2014:
For more on the Chicago Pride Parade, you can view the interactive version of the graph here.