Our award-winning marching band and color guard entertains nearly one million spectators annually at parades and events. This ensemble embodies the vision of the original Chicago Gay Pride Band, which formed in 1979 as one of the first LGBT bands of its kind.

Annual events include Chicago Disability Pride Parade, Chicago Memorial Day Parade, and Chicago Pride Parade, among others. Members have also performed in other U.S. cities and overseas with the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. These include the Gay Games, the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade in New York City, and the Inauguration of President Barack Obama.

Interested in joining? Have some questions you need answered? Click on over to our prospective members guide.

Season Schedule

Drumline Rehearsal – Sunday, April 23rd from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave.

First Rehearsal – Sunday, April 30th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Preston Bradley Center, 941 W. Lawrence Ave. (Music Reading, Uniform Fitting, Season Overview. Bring a friend!)

Pride Dress Rehearsal—Saturday, June 24th. Time and Location TBD


Regular rehearsals Sundays starting on May 7th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Northside College Prep, 5501 N. Kedzie Ave. Bring a hat, sunscreen, bottled water, lyre/flip folders, and a pencil.

Upcoming Events

5/27/17 Chicago Memorial Day Parade
5/29/17 River Forest Memorial Day Parade
6/17/17 Chicago Red Stars Pride Night
6/24/17 Navy Pier Pride Celebration
6/25/17 Chicago Pride Parade
7/4/17 Oak Park 4th of July/Independence Day Parade
7/9/17 Ride for AIDS Chicago Closing Ceremony
8/12/17-8/13/17 Northalsted Market Days
Fall, TBD Aids Run & Walk Chicago
Fall, TBD Chicago Cultural Mile Halloween Parade

All members and friends of the LGBT community are welcome to perform with us. If you can play a musical instrument, we can teach you to march wave at the crowd!