Crowd at NYC Pride 2021 in Washington Square Park Clashes With Police

By: Lyle Mark Bulado

NYPD officers were banned from participating in this weekend's Pride parade.

Clashes broke out between police and Pride Weekend partygoers Sunday evening in the area of New York City's Washington Square Park, according to reports.

The crowd clashed with NYPD officers in the early evening after video showed a large police presence in the area, New York's WPIX reported. At least three people were arrested near or around the park, according to the station.


Business Insider reporter Meredith Cash tweeted that officers in riot gear arrived and charged at the Pride revelers around 7:15 p.m.



Another video posted on social media showed a line of officers blocking off Fifth Avenue. Some users tweeted that pepper spray was used, through the NYPD said it had no reports of pepper spray being used on the crowds.


As of 9 p.m., the NYPD said that no arrests were made. It was not immediately what caused the clashes.