Summer is an excellent time for outdoor events, and parades are no exception. Every year, Chicago hosts the Chicago Pride Parade. This event focuses on equality for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender. This year, the parade is held on June 25. Before you go, make sure to brush up on parade safety tips.
Gay pride is a highly politically charged topic and unfortunately, parades and other activities celebrating it tend to attract hate-filled people. These types of people can cause hate crimes and other malicious acts. There are other types of accidents that can happen as well.
Safety Tips for Parades
Whether you’re attending the Chicago Pride Parade or another parade, it’s important to stay safe and have fun. Here are some tips for a successful day at the parade:
- Stay in designated areas. Barricades are in place to protect you. If you go past them, you could get run over by a car or float. Don’t take that risk.
- Keep pets at home. The sights and sounds of the parade could cause your dog to experience fear or anxiety. They could run into a crowd or into the parade area, causing injuries to themselves, you, or others.
- Look for cars. Be aware of where you are walking. When crossing streets, look both ways. Cars could dart out and drivers might not see you until it’s too late.
- Dress appropriately. If the weather is cool but expected to warm up, dress in layers so you don’t get too hot or too cold. Bring a hat to protect your head.
- Don’t forget sunscreen. You could get sunburned after a few hours, even on a cloudy day. Put on sunscreen as soon as you arrive and reapply it every few hours.
- Keep liquids on hand. With all the excitement going on, you may forget to drink. Keep a bottle of water with you at all times so you can stay hydrated.
- Alert authorities to any harassment you experience. There are many homophobic people in Chicago and throughout the world, and many come to these types of events to harass attendees. The harassment may be verbal or physical in nature. Sometimes property is vandalized in the process. If you feel harassed in any way, you are at risk of being the target of a hate crime. Let a police officer or security guard know right away so they can prevent the situation from getting out of control. The authorities are there to protect you.
Dealing With Pride Parade Incidents
While Chicago Pride Parade is a happy event for many people, there are times when a specific incident or person can ruin it. If you were seriously injured by someone’s negligence or malicious behavior, be sure to seek legal action immediately.
Seek legal advice from our Chicago lawyers at Staver Accident Injury Lawyers, P.C., who are experienced in both premises liability and personal injury law. Schedule a consultation today by calling (312) 236-2900.