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Published on June 24th, 2014 | by LGBA


Lakeside Pride to Provide a First Look at the Band’s New Uniform at the Chicago Pride Parade

Lakeside_Pride_Uniform_Sketch_FINALCHICAGO, JUNE 24, 2014 – The award-winning Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, under the direction of Christina Zurcher, will once again march in the Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29 at NOON. The legacy of Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) marching band, which re-formed as Lakeside Pride in 1997, dates back to 1979 when the original Chicago Gay Pride Band emerged out of the desire to have a marching band in the annual pride parade.

As the eighth entry in the parade lineup, Lakeside Pride will get the crowd roaring with pop favorites, including a medley of Daft Punk hits and “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  Come sing and dance with the band along the parade route, which starts at Montrose Avenue and Broadway in Uptown and ends near the intersection of Diversey Parkway and Sheridan Road in Lincoln Park.

Spectators will get a first look at the new Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band uniform. Designed exclusively for the band by Fred J. Miller Designer and Drum Corps International Hall of Fame Member Michael J. Cesario, this one-of-a-kind uniform will celebrate LGBT heritage and will visually extend the reach of the band’s message of acceptance and inclusion.

The Lakeside Pride “A New Uniform for a New Era” campaign is nearly halfway to its goal of raising $25,000 to purchase the new uniforms. As the largest fundraising effort undertaken by the organization, the campaign has already secured significant donations from both individuals and local companies.

For additional information about the campaign, or to make a donation, visit The targeted completion date for the campaign is December 2014 to order uniforms in advance of next year’s parade.

The Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band is part of Lakeside Pride Music Ensembles, a recognized 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization. Inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2011, the Lakeside Pride Freedom Marching Band, Lakeside Pride Symphonic Band, and shhh…OUT! Lakeside Pride Jazz Ensemble together reach more than one million people annually. For more information, or to join a Lakeside Pride ensemble, visit

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