Tires of gay parade floats slashed in Chicago

The tires of  as many as 50 floats set to participate in today’s Chicago Gay Pride Parade were slashed overnight in what appears to be a well-coordinated act of anti-gay vandalism.

Chicago police spokesman Daniel Sullivan told The Associated Press that police received a report of slashed tires around 6 a.m. Sunday on several floats being stored by a parade float business.

Parade coordinator Richard Pfeiffer said crews began work immediately to repair the floats before the parade, which set off as scheduled at noon.

The attack was the first of its kind in the parades 42-year history. An estimated 450,000 people attended last year’s event.