‘It’s always an emotional day for me’: Laura Ricketts, Cubs take part in 2022 Chicago Pride Parade
It was a beautiful day for baseball and for a parade.
As the Cubs took on the Cardinals in St. Louis, the Cubs float represented the organization in the 51st annual Chicago Pride Parade Sunday afternoon.
More than 70 people walked with the float from the Cubs, Marquee Sports Network and Gallagher Insurance.
Laura Ricketts was among the group and after two years off due to the pandemic, she was excited to get back out on the parade route.
“I always get emotional representing the Cubs in the Pride Parade,” Ricketts said. “We were one of the first professional sports teams to have a float in the Pride Parade. That was 12 years ago now. Before that, we sponsored Pride.
“I have a lot of pride about our Pride representation and supporting the LGBTQ and just personally being a member of that community. Pride’s always an emotional day for me. It’s been hard not to be able to be together and celebrate our diversity and celebrate exactly who we are. It’s been challenging and sad to not be able to do that for a couple of years. It makes today all the more meaningful.
“I’m loving that we’re having a brilliant, amazing, perfect weather day for it ’cause we deserve it. I’m just excited to get out there and represent my community and represent the Cubs.”
Catch the full interview and recap of the event in the video above.