More security to be added for local PrideFest celebrations -

More security to be added for local PrideFest celebrations

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SOUTH ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( – Safety is extremely important to festival organizers who are preparing to celebrate the annual PrideFest in St. Louis.

Organizers say they are working closely with police to make sure everyone who attends has a safe and fun time. They also say they have always had a safety plan. They have believed the festival has been a safe zone since 1979.

But the celebration in June has brought heightened awareness surrounding safety due to the attack on an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub.

PrideFest is a three day event at Soldiers Memorial beginning June 24 – June 26. About 150,000 people are expected to attend.

Organizers are asking festivalgoers to be more alert and if they notice anything out of the ordinary, notify authorities. They also say there will be significantly more police presence, along with private security officers.

Marty Zuniga, Pride St. Louis board member said, “We don't want to put a fear out there that people will not be able to celebrate. We want them to come down and enjoy the festival. And if anything, come and celebrate with us. This is a time I think just brings more awareness to what we stand for.”

Zuniga says victims in the Orlando shooting will be remembered at the festival.

Organizers of the Pride St. Charles Festival say they will have added security too.

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