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Pride Fest Postponed, But Market Days Still On For Now

Pride Fest was originally scheduled for June 20-21, but organizers said they hope to now celebrate it Sept. 5-6.

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CHICAGO — Organizers have postponed Pride Fest, the LGBTQ festival held in June for Pride Month.

Pride Fest was originally scheduled for June 20-21, but organizers said they hope to now celebrate it Sept. 5-6, which is also Labor Day weekend. The festival celebrates Chicago’s LGBTQ community with live music, food, vendors and more.

“We will continually evaluate the feasibility of hosting the festival with local and state officials as the current crisis evolves,” said Mark Liberson, Chicago Pride Fest chairperson, in an emailed statement.

But Market Days, another major event to celebrate Chicago’s queer community, is still on, organizers said. That’s currently scheduled for Aug. 8-9.

Ramesh Ariyanayakam, president of the Northalsted Business Alliance, said organizers “remain steadfast in our belief that Pride should be celebrated far and wide,” so they’ll focus on creating virtual events and programs. More information on that will be released soon.

Many other festivals have had to cancel or postpone due to the coronavirus outbreaks.

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