Pride Parade makeover
19 ways to make the Boystown event even better.
15. Add creative street crossings for paradegoers. It sucks getting stuck on one side of the parade with all of your besties on the other. To alleviate that, the new route has six pedestrian crossing points, monitored by guards. But we’ll do you one better: How about temporary bridges over Halsted and Broadway? No? Fine, we’ll go with our original plan of zip lines.—Jason A. Heidemann
16. Straight folks pay a suggested-donation entrance fee. We suggest the equivalent of a gift that a queer person buys for a straight wedding: $75–$150. All proceeds go to Freedom to Marry.—Novid Parsi
17. Create a Pride website that doesn’t give us flashbacks to the ’90s. Remember GeoCities, the Web hosting service that everyone used in 1998? Chicago’s Pride site rocks a similar low-tech vibe. We know funds are scarce, but we have cheap solutions. Get an LGBT-friendly corporate sponsor to underwrite the cost of an upgrade, launch a Kickstarter campaign to generate funds for a site overhaul or hit up EPIC, a local org that enlists creatives to volunteer their time, to assist with a free revamp.—Jason A. Heidemann