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Pride Parade not only about gay rights

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - Thousands of people will fill the streets of Boystown and the surrounding areas this weekend for the 45th annual Pride Parade.

Organizers say the Pride Parade is not only about gay rights, it's also about money. Merchants in the area are bracing for record crowds and are hoping that turns record profits. The event is like Christmas in terms of gross sales.

Most shops close because it is too difficult for employees to get to work through the large crowds, but bars have called in extra staff.

"We are already maxed out pretty much with reservations. There is still room for walk-ins, but it's going to be as busy as ever," one bar owner told FOX 32's Joanie Lum.

The Pride Parade kicks off at noon Sunday. Floats, marching bands and decked out vehicles will start off at Broadway and Montrose and end at Diversey and Cannon Drive.

Close to a million people are expected to turn out for the event. Police are reminding event-goers that they will be arrested or ticketed if they are caught drinking in public.

The CTA encourages people to take public transportation to and from the parade. Most trains will run as often as every five minutes throughout the day.

The CTA also reminds people many bus lines that run in the area will be rerouted on Sunday. For more information on bus and train service, the CTA says to visit

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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