Participants march during the 2022 New York Pride Parade in New York City on June 26, 2022. (Photo by Ed JONES / AFP)

Fireworks Mistaken For Gunfire Cause Stampede At New York Parade


Revelers attending the two biggest Pride parades in the nation were running panicked from perceived gunfire on Sunday – which police in both New York City and San Francisco said was a false alarm.

With tensions at boiling point nationwide following Friday’s repeal of Roe v Wade, and the angry scenes in Phoenix, Los Angeles and Cedar Rapids that evening, Pride was being celebrated this weekend with a mix of defiance and trepidation.

In Manhattan, marchers in Washington Square Park ran after hearing what sounded like gunshots.

Jeffrey Maddrey, New York Police Department’s chief of patrol, tweeted on Sunday afternoon that the noise was from fireworks, and there was no gunfire.

Similarly in San Francisco, Pride partygoers in the Civic Centre dashed away in terror as rumor spread of a mass shooting.

One person said: ‘I was there and it was horrible. Fell over in the stampede and no buildings were open so we were out in the street. After what happened in Oslo I didn’t want to risk it.’

Another commented: ‘The way mass shootings have affected nyc is insane.

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