Buffalo Grove's First Pride Parade Adds Diversity Festival

Lisa Fielding
November 26, 2018 - 1:10 pm

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Buffo Grove's first ever pride parade next summer will now include a festival of diversity. 

Carolyn Pinta said it didn't take long for the village of Buffalo Grove to get on board with the event.

"It was amazingly easy. We got our proper permits, we talk with the Police Department monthly. They thought it was a great idea. There was never a moment of this can't happen," said Pinta, who's daughter Molly came up with the idea after attending Aurora's first ever Pride Parade last summer.

"There were a ton of people there. I was really inspired," said Molly, 12, who came out as gay last Spring.

"I'm part of my school's Gay/Straight Alliance. It was a year ago when I realized I was part of the community. After the parade is when I fully came out," she said.

"We could see the signs. It was a joyful experience for us when she came out. She didn't have to hide it anymore, we could just let her be who she is and embrace it," Pinta said. "We are trying to celebrate the uniqueness of the situation."

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The Buffalo Grove Park District has now announced it will host a community party after the parade.

"One of the most exciting things to come out of this is that the Park District has jumped on board to do a Festival of Diversity that the parade with end at. They are throwing that portion of it," Pinta said.

The festival will feature food, musical performances, and cultural diversity. The parade with feature a memorial float and dozens of marchers.

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Molly's effort has gained support through Facebook videos and an online fundraiser at GoFundMe that has raised $20,000 of their $30,000 goal.

"I think it'll be wonderful if other cities do this. If we have a parade here, then it might inspire others to do the same," said the Twin Groves 7th grader.

Buffalo Grove's first ever pride parade and Festival of Diversity will be held on June 2 down Checker Road. For more information or to donate, log onto Pintaprideproject.com