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Pride Parade Arrests Down Significantly This Year Amid Heightened Security

By Joe Ward | June 27, 2016 8:50am

CHICAGO — Arrests and tickets dropped dramatically at this year's slightly subdued Chicago Pride Parade on Sunday, according to police.

A crowd of 1 million attended the 47th iteration of the parade in Lakeview Sunday, which resulted in seven arrests, police said Monday. The figures represent a sharp drop from last year's totals, when 52 were arrested and violent confrontations broke out, police said Monday.

Four of the seven arrests on Sunday were for fighting, according to police. Three were arrested after a fight at the Belmont Red Line station, and one person was arrested for battery, police said.


One person was arrested for the unlawful use of a stun gun, police said. One person was arrested for possession of marijuana and another was arrested for littering.

Only one person received a ticket this year, while 19 were ticketed for various offenses last year, police said. Police did not have information on the one ticket given this year.

This year's parade was relatively peaceful when compared to last year's, when 52 people were arrested, including 15 during the parade. Revelry after the last year's parade resulted in two stabbings and one shooting near the route.

At 2014's pride parade, 230 tickets were given, mostly for public consumption of alcohol.

Last year's parade renewed calls to perhaps change the venue to Downtown streets, but the move was never made. Crowds for this year were comparable to last year's, but extra security was added to this year's event.

Officials this year delivered on promises of heightened security, with scores of police and security officers lining the parade route. Police kept a tight hold on the barricade, and a ban on alcohol was strictly enforced.

For Anna Wolfe, 22, her first parade as an out queer person, Sunday felt more inclusive than in years past.

"There were really good vibes," Wolfe said. "The crowd can be very aggressive, but we didn't experience that" this year.

A total of 35 people were taken to area hospitals for unspecified injuries and illnesses, according to police.

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