NYC Pride Turns Violent — Attendees Brutally Attack Elderly Hot Dog Vendor, Clash With Police


By Cassandra Fairbanks

New York City’s Pride festivities devolved into chaos and violence on Sunday evening, as attendees clashed with police and left an elderly hot dog vendor bloodied and injured.

The attackers claimed that the vender had used a “slur” to justified multiple people assaulting him. It is unclear what the slur allegedly was, or if it actually happened.

“An elderly hot dog seller in the city’s embattled Washington Square Park had a busted lip, bloody nose and was seen bleeding from his head after being punched in the face several times by a woman,” the Daily Mail reports. “The man was seen standing next to his food cart when he was suddenly caught off-guard, punched in the head and nearly knocked off his feet.”

As the vendor attempted to run away, he was chased by a mob of people until police intervened and surrounded him.

Police also had to deploy pepper spray earlier in the evening after the crowd attempted to breech metal barricades around the Greenwich Village park.

Tensions were already high between NYC Pride and the New York Police Department, as members of law enforcement were banned from participating in their parade until at least 2025.

At least eight people were arrested during the chaos.

“A 23-year-old woman allegedly threw a water bottle at police and bit a lieutenant; a 20-year-old woman allegedly threw water at police. They were arrested for assault, criminal possession of a weapon and resisting arrest, police said,” PIX 11 reports. “Additionally, a 29-year-old man and 30-year-old man allegedly slapped lieutenants, officials said. They were given desk appearance tickets and charged with obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest, the NYPD said.”

Pride marches became an annual event in 1970 to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall uprising, which started after a police raid on a Manhattan gay bar.

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