Authorities increase police presence at PrideFest -

Authorities increase police presence at PrideFest

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ST. LOUS, Mo. ( – In the wake of the deadly shooting at a gay club in Orlando, there will be some security changes for those attending the 2016 PrideFest in St. Louis, police say.

More than a quarter-million people are expected to attend the three day festival beginning on June 24 at 4:30 p.m. in downtown St. Louis.

PrideFest organizers say safety and security are always a top concern for PrideFest.

But there is more of a heightened awareness surrounding the festival because of the Orlando shooting.

Authorities say there will be six security check points for everyone to be screened at before entering.

Chief Sam Dotson from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department says the festival will be treated like Fair St. Louis – no coolers, no guns, and no weapons are allowed. Dotson says travel light.

In addition, there will also be more city police officers on the ground and in the surrounding area of the festival. There will also be undercover officers.

Many ask if there is an increased threat following the Orlando shooting.              

“I talked to the FBI, I’ve talked to the joint terrorism task force. There are no threats to target our city, our community. But I think it’s the prudent course of action to put extra resources in the area for the festival starting on Friday [June 24],” said Dotson.

While there will be a lot of security in place, organizers say they want people to be attentive. If you see something “off,” say something to authorities.

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