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1 Million Celebrate Pride at Annual Parade Through Boystown

Three couples were married during the parade, and special guests, including the Stanley Cup, turned up on the route

Chicago was colored in pride on Sunday for the annual gay pride parade on the city's North Side.

The parade stepped off two days after the landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states, making this year's celebration extra special. An estimated 1 million people attended.

"Families coming together, giving love. That's what we do," parade-goer James Medina said.

From politicians and dancers baring it all on floats to those marching with a message, the theme of "pride" shone throughout the whole event.

People from Chicago, the suburbs and afar came dressed in their most colorful attire.

"We thought it might be cold in Chicago, so we wanted to keep our legs warm," said Trevor Eade, who traveled with his husband from Houston, Texas. Both were wearing rainbow leg warmers in the warm weather.

The couple was married a year and a half ago in Texas when their union was not recognized in their home state. After Friday's Supreme Court ruling, their marriage is now legal.

Another couple was proudly married during the parade. Scotty Brown, 32, and Roger Knight, 31, held their wedding on a float near the corner of Broadway and Barry. The pair won a contest held by the Thompson Chicago hotel, and the cost of their wedding and honeymoon is completely covered.

Brown and Knight were one of three couples married during the parade.

Local politicians also made an appearance at the event, as did the Stanley Cup.

"This is going to be a parade that's a milestone in a march toward justice," Mayor Rahm Emanuel said.

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