Pride float tires cut hours before Chicago parade

Sun. June 26, 2011 8:28 AM by News Staff

Chicago, IL - Dozens of tires on floats headed for Chicago's Pride Parade were cut with a knife overnight, the Windy City Times first reported.

"This is catastrophic," Chuck Huser, owner of Associated Attractions told the paper.

Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer told that about 30 floats were affected. He does not expect the parade to be delayed but says some floats will drop to the end of the parade. Some entries, unfortunately, may no longer be able to participate.

"We will not let this stop us," Pfeiffer told

In what could be a hate crime, tires on the floats housed at the companies southwest side warehouse were cut just hours before the parade on Sunday.

The only damage by the attackers were done to the floats intended for Chicago's Pride Parade.

The start of the Parade could be delayed as Huser and his team work to repair the damages.

The 42nd annual Chicago Pride Parade is scheduled to step off Sunday at noon from Halsted St. and Belmont.

More at Windy City Times.

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