A riot apparently broke out at the OC Pride Festival event that was held this Saturday, August 1, 2015, in Downtown Santa Ana. Details are sketchy but I did receive a number of pictures and the video above from an anonymous source who said that the trouble started late and the Santa Ana Police were there in large numbers by 11 p.m.
This disturbance has not been reported in the local media but it does show up on Crimeapping.com, which notes that there was a “Disturbing the Peace” arrest at the 300 block of N. Spurgeon St., in DTSA, at 11:51 p.m. on August 1.
There was also a riot in 1989, when six people were arrested after a fist-swinging brawl broke out among more than 50 militant gays and fundamentalist Christians at Orange County’s first Gay Pride Festival, as reported by the L.A. Times.
A retired SAPD officer told my source that this year’s Pride Festival had a very low attendance. They used to block off the whole west end of 4th St. for this annual event. This year most of the Pride Festival appears to have taken place at the Yost Theater.
I am not really sure why the Pride Festival is held in Santa Ana in the first place. This is most certainly not an event that most of our residents would ever attend. Who knows how much money the SAPD wasted in responding to the disturbance on Saturday night?