L.A. Pride Parade Tightens Security After Orlando Shooting But Show Goes On
“We stand in solidarity with our community…”
On the heels of the horrific mass shooting at an Orlando gay club, the L.A. Pride Parade tightened their security on Sunday (June 12, 2016) but proceeded with the festivities, observing a moment of silence to honor those who lost their lives.
The L.A. Pride organization tweeted:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Christopher Street West president Chris Classen added, “46 Years ago, members of the LGBTQ community came out in cities across the country in response to the Stonewall Riots. Today, we are heartbroken that so many of our brothers, sisters and allies were lost in this tragic attack. As we remember them today at our moment of silence, we must continue to show our pride, not just today but every day. Our brave founders made this happen to show the world who we are. We will be loud. We will be proud and we will celebrate in honor of all those lost.”
In separate news, a man was arrested in Santa Monica on Sunday morning after possible explosives as well as assault rifles and ammunition were found in his car.
The L.A. Times reports, police received calls of a suspicious man in a Santa Monica neighborhood and found the individual in his car, which had Indiana license plates. He reportedly told officials he was in town for the Pride event.
A source told the Times authorities did not know of any connection between the gay nightclub shooting in Orlando and the Santa Monica incident. The investigation has been taken over by the FBI.
The 2016 L.A. Pride festival will feature 40 musical acts including tonight’s headliner, Carly Rae Jepsen.