Chicago pride parade pays tribute to Orlando victims
Forty-nine marchers at the head of Chicago’s pride parade held aloft a poster-sized photograph of an Orlando victim as the procession wound through the city.
Sunday’s parade, Chicago’s 47th, began with a minute’s silence in memory of those who died earlier this month.
Many marchers wore shirts referencing the attack. One read, "Love trumps hate." Others wore T-shirts with the hashtag, #WeAreOrlando."
Many participants say the tributes to the dead in Orlando didn’t dampen the sheer energy and fun associated with the pride parade. One participant, 74-year-old Joe Conklin, sat on the back of a float before it got permission to join the parade. He said participants are mindful of the tragedy at Orlando "but not overwhelmed by it."