Via WBEZ, the new route will help eliminate "pride island:"
The parade, which will be held on Sunday, June 24, has grown annually, with over 800,000 attendees last year. The growth has made handling the auto and pedestrian traffic an arduous task for the city and organizers. Last year, crowds were difficult to disperse and streets took longer than usual to clean and open up to traffic.
The parade traditionally circled from north Halsted Street, then headed south on Broadway Street. Now, the route is reversed, and with a start as far north as Montrose Avenue.
The obvious, but unsaid effect of the parade's popularity and growing tolerance of gays: Both gay and straight Chicagoans have united on the front of celebratory drinking—en masse.
What? A giant open-air party in Chicago? I am shocked—shocked!—to find drinking in this city.
In any event, the new route will give the parade a much larger capacity, and will still take it through the center of Boystown.
Also: here are photos from last year's event.