06/24/2013 05:54 pm ET

Chicago Pride Fest 2013 Photos: First Weekend Of Pride Takes Over Boystown

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Chicago's newly christened "Pride Week" kicked off over the weekend with the city's Pride Fest.

For the first time, this year's festival was held the week prior to the crown jewel of LGBT Pride in Chicago: the parade. But the party was still hopping as folks turned out for food, booze and an entertainment lineup that featured Deborah Cox, Dev and more drag queens per square foot than is probably legal in some places.

Lake View Patch was on the scene and shared some snaps from the festivities. Check out Patch for more of their Pride coverage.

The parade steps off Sunday at noon from Broadway and Montrose. Meanwhile, visit our Pride Guide for more party picks for the remaining days of Pride Month.

Chicago Pride Fest 2013