On Saturday, June 27, 1970, Chicago Gay Liberation organized a march from Washington Square Park ("Bughouse Square") to the Water Tower at the intersection of Michigan and Chicago avenues, which was the route originally planned, and then many of the participants spontaneously marched on to the Civic Center (now Richard J. The date was chosen because the Stonewall events began on the last Saturday of June and because organizers wanted to reach the maximum number of Michigan Avenue shoppers.Subsequent Chicago parades have been held on the last Sunday of June, coinciding with the date of many similar parades elsewhere.In 2013, the crowd of protesters even outnumbered the participants, forcing organisers to cancel the event after ten minutes.A total of around 60 people were arrested back then—according to Gavrikov—all participants in the gay pride parade.Once the event was over, the group attacked the activists with pepper spray.Whereas the group successfully escaped unpunished, one participant of the parade was detained.
When asked, they said that they had no intention of using violence against the crowd but declared that they were against homosexuality.
According to OVD-info, Anna Grabetskaya was taken away by the police for violating the order to leave the location once the event was over.
Later in the day, the young woman was transferred to the hospital because of abdominal pain, but was refused hospitalisation and was sent back to police department number 78, where she will await a trial scheduled for Monday.
The events also at times serve as demonstrations for legal rights such as same-sex marriage.
Most pride events occur annually, and many take place around June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBT social movements.
Obtaining the necessary authorisation for the event was once again difficult.