Sunday's Chicago gay pride parade will include a Chicago Cubs float and NHL player Brent Sopel, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Previously, only retired sports figures have marched in the parade, which runs down North Halsted Street in Chicago's north side gay neighborhood known as Boystown.

Riding on the Chicago Cubs float will be “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks.

The Cubs are the first Major League Baseball team to have an openly gay owner. Laura Ricketts, a member of the Ricketts family, whose members completed their purchase of the sports landmark last year, is a prominent gay rights advocate.

And carrying the Stanley Cup for the Chicago Blackhawks will be defenseman Brent Sopel. Sopel will be marching in honor of Brendan Burke, the son of Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke. Brendan Burke, who died in a car accident in February, announced last year he's gay.

“Everyone has feelings and everyone is a person,” Sopel, who'll march in the parade with his wife and children, told the paper. “That's what we continue to promote to our kids. I hope [the gay community] gets equality and what they're looking for.”

Chicago's annual parade is now in its 40th year.