Evanston Pride, Inc. has postponed two of its three Evanston Pride Celebrations events this weekend following several severe weather and tornado warnings, as well as heavy downpours.

The organization was scheduled to host a community picnic at James Park on Saturday afternoon, featuring live music and tables from local organizations. A candle-lighting and remembrance ceremony – described as a solidarity event – was to follow the picnic and would feature speeches from community leaders.. However, both events have been postponed.

Despite the inclement weather, the organization held a car parade on Saturday morning, which included nearly 50 stops between Ryan Field and Dodge Avenue.

Evanston Pride’s rain delay plan began to take shape early last week amid tornado warnings in the Chicago area. The picnic and the candle lighting ceremony were officially postponed on Saturday morning.

Evanston Pride a supported the city’s LGBTQ + community since 2019, after President Jackson Adams realized during Pride Month 2019 that Evanston was not sponsoring any pride events. The organization was forced to cancel a parade scheduled for 2020 due to the pandemic.

The organization plans to donate 20% of funds raised from the 2021 Pride festivities to the Evanston Public Library and Glenview / Northbrook Youth Services. YSGN’s Pride Youth program helps LGBT + youth in Chicago’s northern suburbs find social support and get involved in community leadership.

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