OEMC Says Cancelling Pride Parade Was The 'Right Call'

Steve Miller
July 02, 2019 - 7:30 am

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- In a postmortem on Sunday's Pride Parade, the head of Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communications said they made "the right call at the right time," shutting down the parade as lightning moved in.

The Pride Parade enjoys near-perfect weather nearly every year - almost always hot, but rarely ever rain - except for this year.

It was estimated that one million people attended the Chicago Pride Parade that ended early due to a thundersorm. Most of the attendees looked for cover as the rain came down and the lightning flashed.

Rich Guidice, executive director of OEMC, said the city shut the parade down at about 2:25 p.m. with floats still waiting on Montrose to enter the parade.

"I want to say it was approximately 40 floats that didn't make it for the start of the event," he said.

Guidice said people were able to leave in "a calm, safe manner" after the parade was stopped.

"I think we made the right call at the right time...I mean, you want to give people enough time that we're not rushing people through quickly, because that causes other problems," he said.

Guidice said there were about a dozen medical transports, apparently none because of weather.