Deck your boat in as many rainbows as you can, follow ALL guidelines given by the city/state regarding passengers, masks, and social distancing. We MUST be responsible boaters!
Decorate your boat in Pride colors!
We will begin a pre-parade circle just north of the “Playpen” breakwall between 1:30p and 2p, boats should be monitoring VHF 72. Upon arriving at the circle hail the parade leader on 72, they will let you know which boat to jump in behind. Please maintain at least 50ft between you and the boat in front of you.
Beginning at 2pm we will begin the parade south through the west opening, through the playpen (exact route will be determined based on number of boats and space in the pen), then along Navy Pier, through Monroe past both Columbia & Chicago Yacht Clubs, then south to Queen’s Landing in Monroe. After passing Queen’s Landing participants are encouraged to anchor in south Monroe (weather and space pending) we would love to get some drone shots of the entire group in South Monroe. The goal is to have the route inside the break-wall and protected from a N, E, or SE breeze as much as possible.
ABSOLUTELY NO RAFTING UP.
As with all things boating this event is WEATHER DEPENDENT, and it is up to YOU AS THE CAPTAIN OF YOUR BOAT to make the decision on if you will be participating based on the conditions that day. Should the weather forecast call for excessively rough or otherwise unsafe conditions we will re-schedule.
Be sure to follow ALL rules for social distancing/passengers allowed, and... HAVE FUN/ spread the word!
If you don’t have access to a boat, or don’t want to be on one... NO PROBLEM! You can watch from Queen’s Landing or the end of Navy Pier
... OR... reach out to Chicago Sailing & Chicago Classic Boat Charters Mention this event and receive 15% off.
Updates can be found on our Facebook Event page, as they are currently unfolding.
Lastly, and most importantly... the legalities:
All participants of this event waive any and all rights to any legal action against the organizers, organizations, partners, contractors, donors, volunteers and officers of the board for any injuries, diseases, damages, death or dismemberment that may occur as a result of participation in this event. Vessel owners/operators are solely responsible for following all rules/regs. by the state regarding safe boating and COVID-19 guidelines. Vessel owners/operators are solely responsible for the cleanliness/hygiene/operation of their vessels. Your participation in this event constitutes your agreement.
For those that do not know, the above are the current regulations for passenger and distancing
We had 12 boats participate in the FIRST Pride Parade Flotilla in Chicago! The response from those we past, both at anchor, and ashore was astounding! We had a mixture of sailboats, and power boats in the Flotilla, we look forward to organizing this again next year! If you enjoyed this event, consider donating and supporting us so we can continue to put on events in the future.
We were fortunate to have had our pictures taken by Daniel Gardiner while ashore. If anyone would like to submit photos to be included here, please let us know!
While this event is FREE, we are encouraging a suggested donation of at least $20 a boat. We know times are tough, if you can donate, please do so, it's your contributions that keep us running and able to produce events like this.
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