|A Chicago police car is turned into a review stand at the 2013 Chicago Pride Parade. (Video HERE.)|
The real trouble, which culminated in near-riot conditions, came hours after the parade's conclusion.
|Police work to tamp down violence at Belmont and Sheffield hours|
after the 2013 Pride Parade.
If you aren't familiar with what happened during and after last year's event, some recommended stories are linked below. Last year's first annual Pride Fest weekend was marred by multiple stabbings in the neighborhood — none was within the Fest grounds.
The 19th district police commander, Elias Voulgaris, who personally oversaw police efforts to contain last year's mayhem, said last July that checkpoints should be set up to screen the crowd "if we're going to have a parade" in 2014. Yes, he said if.
Of course, there will be a parade and Pride Fest. We're happy about that. The question is, what steps are being taken to ensure that there is not a repeat of last year's trouble?
Beat 1933 (blue on the map) will meet on Tuesday, March 11, at 6:30pm inside Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington.
Beats 1934 and 1935 (green on the map) meets at 7pm on Thursday, March 20th, at the Inn of Lincoln Park, 601 W. Diversey.
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