Cops clash with post-Pride Parade crowd sparking mass arrests

At left, Chicago police officers clash with a post-Chicago Pride Parade crowd near Clark and Belmont on July 1, 2024. At right, people dance and twerk atop a CTA bus after the parade. (normalguy246, Snapchat)

CHICAGO — Police supervisors declared a mass arrest situation overnight in Lakeview, bringing an end to hours of rowdiness that followed the annual Chicago Pride Parade.

So far, CPD has not announced how many people were arrested during and after Sunday’s parade, which ended mid-afternoon. However, reports of widespread fights and traffic disruptions persisted throughout Boystown and adjacent neighborhoods well into Monday morning.

Of the known arrests, at least two people were taken into custody for gun possession. Police said they arrested a 20-year-old woman shortly after midnight for refusing to disperse and punching and pulling an officer’s hair in the 1000 block of West School.

Officers in the area declared two “10-1” police emergencies during the overnight hours. During the first, around 12:50 a.m. at Halsted and Belmont, police recovered a firearm and then clashed with people on the street.

The second emergency was declared at Clark and Belmont around 1:42 a.m., about 20 minutes after CPD supervisors ordered mass arrests at the intersection. A video showing part of the clash surfaced on Twitter. Watch:

Video: @normalguy246 on Twitter

Earlier in the night, CPD blocked off the 900 block of West Belmont, an area that has become the site of all-night afterparties in recent years. Instead of hundreds of people lingering, drinking, and dancing, that block was almost bumper-to-bumper with CPD vehicles yesterday.

Residential side streets, however, were thick with revelers well into the early morning hours on Monday.

Tensions flared in the 900 block of West Fletcher as a woman stepped onto her front balcony, yelling that the sight in front of her was “disgusting” and demanding that revelers on her street get out of “her” neighborhood.

Members of the crowd reacted by shouting the woman down and tossing a drink at her as she retreated into her living room.

Chicago’s Pride Parade and its “afterparty” spawned between 46 and 52 arrests each year between 2013 and 2015, the first years that CWBChicago kept records. Arrest totals dipped significantly in 2016, with anywhere from 16 to 26 arrests being reported since then. There were 25 arrests last year—21 adults and four juveniles.

CWBChicago will post an update after CPD announces the total arrests for the event.

Here’s a short collection of videos from the post-parade hours:

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