The city of Aurora committee voted last week to approve the city’s first-ever gay pride parade.
The LGBTQ Pride Parade is set for 1 p.m. June 17, 2018, in downtown Aurora.
The city’s Government Operations Committee voted 2-0 to OK the permit. Aldermen Rick Mervine and Judd Lofchie voted in favor of the permit and Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns abstained, according to media reports in The Beacon-News, Daily Herald and ABC news.
Organizers told the committee that the event would be “G-Rated” and Indivisible Aurora will cover the full cost, estimated at between $5,000 and $6,000.
The date of the event, which takes place of Father’s Day, was chosen by the city. Organizers had sought a June date because it is Pride Month and asked officials not to chose June 24, the date of the Chicago Pride Parade, according to media reports.
Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin issued a statement in support of the parade.
“I am proud to live in a community that has moved beyond the selfish ‘I’ and ‘Me’ mentality to the collective ‘We’ and ‘Us’ mindset as we strive to build Aurora together,” he said. “As I have been saying for more than a dozen years and certainly since I became mayor: We are one Aurora — and that includes all of us.”
SOURCE: city of Aurora, media reports