Aurora Pride Parade 2022 draws hundreds after almost canceled over revoked permit controversy

Aurora Pride Parade 2022 draws hundreds after almost canceled over revoked permit controversy

AURORA, Sick. (TOC) — Regardless of the parade being in limbo final week, the 2022 Aurora Pleasure Parade went on by way of the streets with a whole lot of individuals out celebrating.

It is a day in Aurora the place colours actually shine vivid.

“Truthfully, that is my first Pleasure, so I am simply blissful to be right here,” mentioned Natasha Vizcarra. “I, like, know what I’m. I am out! I’m confirmed, so I am simply blissful to be me now, this month.”

However, Vizcarra’s first Pleasure nearly did not occur after parade organizers determined final month to not enable officers to march within the parade carrying uniforms or using in police automobiles.

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Mayor Richard Irvin and the town then revoked the parade’s allow, claiming there weren’t sufficient officers to patrol the occasion.

“I feel it is a little bit hypocritical of the organizers of the parade,” Irving mentioned on the time.

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However, in a final minute effort, after a decide upheld the town’s determination on Friday and parade organizers threatened to sue, metropolis officers later introduced that very same day they have been in a position to collect sufficient officers to work and supply safety after providing triple over-time pay.

“The message of Pleasure is that everybody is welcomed. I feel that each one are cherished and all are welcomed to be right here,” mentioned Joann Lagman. “So, I am very grateful for the police that have been in a position to be right here at present.”

With watchful eyes patrolling the crowds in each path, the parade went on with no hitch, with plans now additionally set for subsequent 12 months.

“It is simpler, yeah, hopefully! And, we will look sickening for subsequent 12 months, too,” mentioned parade participant Jaidyan Delarosa.

Whereas organizers plan for subsequent 12 months’s Pleasure, there was no phrase but if the police uniform coverage will stay.

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