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Chance the Rapper leads parade through Chicago streets to the polls

Chance The Rapper led thousands of fans from a concert to a polling station in Chicago, Illinois on Monday (07Nov16).

The hip-hop star hosted and headlined a special pre-election concert called Parade to the Polls at the Petrillo Music Shell in Grant Park, which was organized by non-profit group Social Works to encourage young voters to participate in the presidential election.


Chance had advertised the free afternoon show on Twitter by sharing the post and writing, "(The) concert will end with a parade through the streets to the Chicago Elections Board's new Super site with 100+ touch screen booths... Come wit (sic) me I ain't voted yet either #paradetothepolls."


The event had previously been scheduled to be held at the Virgin Hotels Chicago but was moved at the last minute over capacity and safety concerns.


After his set, the rapper and Social Works staff led thousands of concert goers through rush hour traffic to join the long lines of voters waiting to cast their ballot. According to reports, the queue then stretched around four blocks in the city.


He later shared a picture on Twitter of his wrist bearing an "I Voted" wristband and he wrote in the caption, "I voted #paradetothepolls" and edited the picture to include his signature baseball cap and the hashtag #StayWokeandVote.


He also retweeted pictures and videos from the parade, including one from a fan, who wrote alongside her picture, "The line to #vote wraps around an entire city block, then @chancetherapper's #paradetothepolls went by and I almost cried. This feels huge."


Chance also corrected one news story which reported "hundreds" of fans by writing, "* thousands" with a gritted teeth emoji.


The 23-year-old had earlier performed at an event supporting Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in Cleveland, Ohio on Friday (04Nov16) and implored fans to vote for Clinton in a PSA featuring Beyonce and Jay Z.


The election takes place on Tuesday (08Nov16).