Police to crackdown on rooftop, balcony parties along Pride Parade route

The Chicago Police Department is getting tougher on rooftop and balcony revelers along the city's LGBTQ Pride Parade route this year, according to Lakeview Ald. Tom Tunney (44th).

"I think we're preparing more than usual," he said in a phone interview. "It isn't meant to dampen the spirits but it really is in the effort of public safety."

Police will take extra precaution to enforce laws limiting the capacity of balconies and rooftops that were not meant to be assembly areas, Tunney said.

The Pride Parade, which takes place this Sunday, June 29, will run from Montrose Avenue to Diversey Avenue along Broadway, Halsted Street and Belmont Avenue.

DNAinfo Chicago reported Wednesday that 19th District police officers were distributing flyers to Lakeview residents along the Pride Parade's route through Boystown this Sunday. The notices alerted that police officials plan to "strictly enforce" rules about unlawful parties on rooftops and balconies over the parade route, particularly to make sure the spaces are not occupied beyond their capacity or used to throw items, like liquor bottles, down onto the street.

"In an effort to ensure safety for all, people should not gather on rooftops, which are not designated to host occupants, and maintain an occupancy at or below capacity on all balconies," CPD spokesman Martin Maloney said in an email.

Tunney said the purpose of the crackdown, along with plans to fine revelers drinking in the public way during the parade—a violation that could cost $500 to $1,000 during the Parade—is not to cast the annual festivities in a negative light.

"We want to keep [the Parade] in the neighborhood and as a celebration of pride, but also there's a responsibility that comes with that," he said. "You know, the Lincoln Park porch collapse happened on gay pride weekend [11 years ago]. This stuff is in our collective recent memory."


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