Chicago Pride Parade organizers beefing up security

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Thousands of people packed into one Chicago neighborhood at the 45th annual Pride Parade, the first since same-sex marriages were legalized in Illinois.

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Organizers of Chicago's Pride Parade are beefing up security by hiring 90 extra off-duty police officers to help keep the peace.

An estimated 1 million people attended last summer's event, drawing hundreds of police citations and damaging a police vehicle.

Along with the extra security, this year's parade in Boystown will include zero-tolerance for alcohol and a limit on the size of parade entries.

Police also plan to step up patrols in the evening after the parade on June 28.