Balloon arches decked the four entrances to Woodstock Square. Sue Sieber photo.
Thousands of happy people descended yesterday on the Square to celebrate Woodstock Pride Fest. It was a glorious afternoon that scared away the storms that TV weather folk predicted for the afternoon. Thousands came and went over the five hour event. They crowded the streets to participate in or cheer on the predictable colorful parade. They thronged the Square cross walks where vendors, non-profits, advocacy groups, and churches including the Tree of Life Congregation from McHenry did brisk business from their booths. Folks cheered speakers including Congresswoman Lauren Underwood of the 14th District, bopped to bands and DJs, and whooped it up with Drag Queens.
The crowd was remarkably diverse—lots of families with children and pets, proudly out teens including transgender youth, long-time couples, and older folks who could remember when McHenry County was shutdown, closeted, and fearful. There were also good numbers of Latino and Black participants. All mingled happily with straight allies, friends, and family as well as with the simply curious.
But see for yourselves in our photo round up.