Uniting Pride says no police entries at CU Pride Parade

CHAMPAIGN — The Uniting Pride Center, the organizer of the annual Pride parade in the Champaign/Urbana area, has said they will no longer allow police entries in the parade.

The center made the announcement in a press release and Facebook announcement on Monday.

The center said that they will no longer allow law enforcement agencies as entries in the parade and would continue to disallow uniformed police from marching in the parade. They also said they would talk with the city of Champaign about using alternatives to squad cars for parade marshaling and blocking traffic.

Police can attend as a member of the LGBTQ community or ally, but only plain-clothed.