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Chicago’s Pride Parade Kicks Off Despite Slashed Tires On Dozens Of Floats

Big crowds gather at Chicago to celebrate Gay Pride parade despite the fact that dozens floats had their tires slashed overnight.

NBC chicago reports:

Police have confirmed that dozens of floats that were supposed to make their way through Boystown today in the Gay Pride Parade had their tires slashed overnight.

It happened at long-time Pride float provider Associated Attractions, at 4834 S. Halsted St., The Windy City Times first reported.

Owner Chuck Huser told the Times the floats were fine when he left at 8 last night. But when he got in around 5 this morning, 51 floats — every float at the facility, and all of them destined for Pride — each had two tires slashed.

“This is catastrophic,” Huser told the Times. “This has never happened before, and we have been doing this since 1989.”

Huser told the paper he thinks this was a hate crime, designed to sabotage the Pride Parade.

Times Union adds:

The floats were being stored inside and outside a garage on the city’s South Side at one of two float companies parade organizers use. Chicago police received reports of punctured tires about 6 a.m., police spokesman Mike Sullivan said. He said it was too early to determine whether it was a hate?crime.

Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer said up to 50 of the approximately 75 floats in the parade had damaged tires and organizers were quickly replacing them before the noon start time. He said the parade would go on, although the lineup might be shuffled to accommodate the time needed for?repairs.

Windy City Times was the first media to report the incident, Click HERE to read the article.