This past Saturday the Los Angeles Fire Marshall and the LAPD had to shut down an LA Pride event after the street party hit capacity at approximately 10PM, with thousands still waiting to get in. As a police helicopter flew over the venue informing the hordes of people waiting at the festival entrance that they would not be getting inside. “By order of the fire marshal, this venue is now closed. You need to leave the area right now,” could be heard from loudspeakers.
People took to Twitter to show their displeasure:
“#LAPride was so horrible. Waited almost 2 hours in line only for the line to stop at the gate due to full capacity,” one person tweeted.
“#LAPride needs to learn how to run a safe and secure pride because this has got to be the most unstable pride yet,” another person wrote on Twitter.
LA Pride usually throws a Friday night event but was scrapped this year, so it is unclear if the number of people on Saturday was a result of that, and tickets were oversold.
During NBC Los Angeles 11 PM newscast described the response by sheriff’s deputies a “huge” and stating the area was “an absolute mess.” It was also reported: “People were trying to get into the event any way they could. They were trying to jump fences,” reported Gil Leyvas. “Two to three-hundred people that tried to push their way in assaulted one of the sheriff’s deputies, and that prompted even more response.”
The festival organizers released a statement late Saturday that “anyone turned away will be able to use their ticket for Sunday’s event/concert.”