Des Plaines Pride 2021

Join your Des Plaines neighbors and decorate your home for Pride Month this June! Check out the map below to enjoy a drive around our community to celebrate and enjoy residents’ flags and decorations.

While Pride Month looks different again this year, we should still honor the work of activists who changed the world, and commemorate the years of struggle and ongoing pursuit of equal justice under the law for all LGBTQ+ individuals.

Did you know that the symbolic rainbow flag was created by artist Gilbert Baker in 1978? Each color of the flag has its own meaning: red for life, orange for healing, yellow for sunshine, green for nature, blue for harmony, and purple for spirit.


LGBT Pride flag and American flag fly in front of the Des Plaines Public Library in June 2016

Email speakdesplaines@gmail.com to have your home location added to the map!

(Link: Open map in a new window)


Rainbow Pride Flag Can Now Fly On Des Plaines Flagpoles

By Todd Wessell on May 18, 2021

“Newly-installed Mayor Andrew Goczkowski proposed amending the city’s policy regarding flags that can be placed on city flagpoles. […] Goczkowski wanted the change to the city’s policy as a way of displaying inclusivity in the community. He also said the new city council that was elected on April 6 might have a different view on the matter than the previous council.”

Read more at Journal & Topics: www.journal-topics.com/articles/rainbow-pride-flag-can-now-fly-on-des-plaines-flagpoles

Read some of the public comments from the May 17, 2021 city council meeting: www.speakdesplaines.org/2021/05/19/pride-flag-public-comments


BG Pride Drive, Parade Around Town (In Your Car)!

Check out BG Pride Drive, a Buffalo Grove community effort to bring all the fun of a Pride parade to neighborhood lawns.

You can expect large displays, music, rainbow treats, and more! Wave to friendly folks outside their homes from 12:00 – 3:00 PM on Sunday, June 6th, or drive by any time to enjoy the decorations: www.pintaprideproject.com/pridedrive


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