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Pride Parade Crackdown: Police to Target Rooftop, Balcony Parties

 Police said they'll crack down on public drinking and rooftop parties.
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LAKEVIEW — If you're planning a party on your roof to celebrate Sunday's Pride parade, you might want to change venues.

Police are warning Lakeview residents they'll be cracking down on rooftop and balcony parties during the annual parade.

"If a roof has a party area or similar designated area, that is fine," Town Hall Cmdr. Elias Voulgaris said Tuesday. "We don't want individuals gathering on a roof that is not designated to have parties or occupants."

Earlier this week, police sent residents a letter that said:

"... rooftop parties will not be allowed on the parade route during the Pride Parade or after the parade on June 29, 2014. In addition, balconies and porches will not be occupied past capacity and items are not to be thrown from balconies and porches onto the street. This will be strictly enforced."

Four buildings inspectors will be on site Sunday "to help ensure the safety of spectators on porches, balconies and rooftops," according to a city Buildings Department spokeswoman, who noted the Pride parade inspections happen every year.

Voulgaris said firefighters will also lend a hand.

"We don't want anyone getting hurt, and we certainly don't want anyone throwing alcohol and objects onto the street," Voulgaris said in an email.

Locals on Tuesday had mixed reactions.

"That's kind of lame," said Brian Werdell, 24. "It's your roof. You should be able to do what you want."

Silvia Prada, 35, said she hopes police only target people who are getting out-of-hand.

"I'm happy to have some police presence," said Prada, who's lived along the parade route for three years. "But I don't want them to stop people from celebrating if they're behaving well."

Earlier this month, police announced they'd be cracking down on public drinking at the Pride parade by issuing fines up to $1,000.

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