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No arrests during St. Pete Pride parade, preliminary police reports show

Police officers on bicycles patrol the parade route during St. Pete Pride.

Luis Santana | Times

Police officers on bicycles patrol the parade route during St. Pete Pride.



ST. PETERSBURG — About 200,000 people packed into the Grand Central District on Saturday for the city’s Pride parade but preliminary reports show that police made no arrests during the hours-long, alcohol-soaked celebration.

Following the terrorist attack that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando two weeks ago, local law enforcement agencies teamed up to increase security at the annual parade. They opened a command post in the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Uniformed and undercover officers blanketed the streets underneath mobile cameras stationed along the route.

According to a preliminary reports, police spokeswoman Yolanda Fernandez said, two people at the parade were committed to substance abuse treatment under the state’s Marchman Act.

She said most problems were diffused without arrests.

“That’s what this event is about,” said Eric Skains, director of St. Pete Pride. “It’s about bringing people together, not dividing people.”

An early estimate pegged the crowd at around 200,000, he said, but organizers were awaiting a final figure Monday.

[Last modified: Monday, June 27, 2016 12:40pm]


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