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Pride Parade 2014: Everything You Need to Know Before You Go

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LAKEVIEW — If you're planning on heading to Sunday's Pride parade, there's a few things you'll need to know.

• Police are cracking down on public drinking. Town Hall Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris said his officers will issue $1,000 tickets to anyone caught with booze.

• Rooftop and balcony parties could also be a problem. Four building inspectors will make rounds to check capacity, and police are shutting down any rooftop events that aren't in a designated "party area."

• The parade kicks off at noon in Uptown, before heading through Boystown and wrapping up in Lincoln Park. It should last three to four hours and draw about a million people. Pro tip: The Uptown end is usually less crowded (and there are drink specials).

• CTA officials said the Belmont train station will be exceptionally crowded. Try using the Wilson and Sheridan Red Line stops or the Diversey and Wellington Brown Line stops. No bikes will be allowed on CTA trains Sunday, and there are lots of bus reroutes.

• Weather forecasts are calling for 80s and muggy on Sunday. There will be cooling buses in Lakeview.

• And if you're looking to celebrate Pride through exercise, there's still time to register for Saturday's 5K and 10K races.

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