Planning Pride in a Pandemic: An Interview with the Pinta Pride Project

By Donna Boguslavsky

2020 is a year of many firsts for all of us, and now we can add a socially-distanced Pride parade to that list. This is thanks to a Buffalo Grove middle schooler, Molly, and her parents, Carolyn and Bob Pinta, co-founders of the Pinta Pride Project. Making history is not new to the trio who made national waves last year as they hosted Buffalo Grove’s first ever Pride parade. They’re continuing their mission of making a community of support for LGBTQ+ people in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs by hosting the Buffalo Grove Pride Drive where participants can drive by 94 designated homes to partake in the fun from a safe distance. Kenneth Young Center will be participating in the drive and promoting our LGBTQ+ Center located which is located in Schaumburg.

“They are having so much fun being involved, but to those queer kiddos and even adults out there that do not have supportive people in their lives to see a village of 94 homes create this just to show support for them- that is where the magic is at!” - Carolyn Pinta, Pinta Pride Project

We talked with Carolyn about the challenges of planning a parade amid the Coronavirus crisis and her hopes for the event.

How did you come up with the idea for Pride Drive, did it spontaneously hit you or had you been brainstorming alternatives to a traditional parade? We knew that no matter what happened on June 7th that we would decorate our own home like crazy people and have giveaways. We thought it would be fun to see who else might like to join in.

Have you been surprised by how quickly and by how many families and organizations have asked to participate? I guess in the end, I have not been surprised at all because the parade last year was so well attended and folks are really looking for something positive to be a part of right