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Market Days Returns With Music, Dancing To Celebrate LGBTQ Pride

PHOTOS: The weekend festival marked the return of Market Days, an LGBTQ-friendly street fest, after it was canceled by COVID-19 last year.

People dance at the Avita Dance Stage during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
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NORTHALSTED — Market Days returned this weekend after a year away due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Crowds of people filled the streets of Northalsted to celebrate at the fest, which has turned into a celebration of LGBTQ pride.

The festival was not without some controversy, as Howard Brown called for more coronavirus safety precautions. The event offered vaccinations and testing.

But the weekend saw much joy, with people dancing, waving rainbow flags and fans and buying from local vendors.

Photos from the event:

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People mill about during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
To The 9s performs at the Nissan Partners of Progress Stage during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
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People mill about during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance at the Avita Dance Stage during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance at the Avita Dance Stage during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance at the Avita Dance Stage during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People mill about during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People shop during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Mimi Phaivan, Catherine Park and Thanh Myhra pose for a photo during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
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People dance and sing at Sidetrack during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
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People dance and walk around during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Light shines on a disco ball during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People walk around during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People shop during the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
A person waves a rainbow fan near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.
Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
People dance near the Belmont Stage during Bambi-Banks-Coulee’s Soul Train on the second day of 39th Northalsted Market Days along North Halsted Street on August 7, 2021.

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