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Chicago Pride Parade marches on after tires slashed on 51 floats

CHICAGO -- If it was an attempt to stop Sunday’s 42nd annual Chicago Pride Parade, it didn’t work.

Just hours after more than 50 parade floats had their tires slashed in what parade-goers called a hate crime, hundreds of thousands of revellers marched on the streets surrounding Lakeview’s Boystown area for a colorful celebration of gay, lesbian and transgender identities.

Organizers said the attendance likely was a record, exceeding the 450,000 who came last year.

Most of the more than 90 floats made it, too, thanks to a heroic last minute effort that saw all but three of the 51 vandalized floats repaired in time for the noon parade.

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