NORTHALSTED — The Chicago Pride Fest is returning next month with an extra day after being canceled last year by the coronavirus pandemic.
Pride Fest, which takes over North Halsted Street from Addison to Grace streets, will run Oct. 1-3, according to a press release announcing the festival.
The fest was originally planned for just Oct. 1-2, but it was extended to that weekend’s Sunday after the Oct. 3 Pride Parade was canceled, organizers from the Northalsted Business Alliance said.
Headliners include singer-songwriters Mya, VINCINT and Crystal Waters, as well as “RuPaul’s Drag Race” queen Shangela.
The full lineup and schedule will be announced soon, organizers said.
The festival will echo the COVID-19 protocols that were in place for Northalsted Market Days, a neighborhood street festival held in August. Attendees will be encouraged to be fully vaccinated or wear a mask, while indoor establishments will require proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID test for entry, organizers said.
Free COVID testing and vaccinations will be offered before and during the festival, organizers said.
“We’re more excited than ever that the vaccinations have enabled the return of outdoor events this year, which allow our community to celebrate together in person,” said Northalsted Business Alliance President Ramesh Ariyanayakam.
A $15 donation is encouraged for entry to help support performers, festival workers and other community programs, organizers said.
Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.
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