Gay Pride Festival Organizers Boost Security

Organizers of the Gay Pride Festival 2013 in Columbus are increasing security after recent violent incidents against gay men.(Photo: Jess Gambacurta)
Organizers of the Gay Pride Festival 2013 in Columbus are increasing security after recent violent incidents against gay men.(Photo: Jess Gambacurta)

Organizers for this weekend’s gay PRIDE parade will have tighter security measures in place this year. Three gay men were attacked and beaten last week in Columbus. Karla Rothan, head of Stonewall Columbus, says the Boston Marathon bombing also figures into the security plan. Rothan says her organization put together a comprehensive safety plan with the police and fire departments.

“We were introducing the Division of Fire this year. We’ve never had them at our festival. And then we have also of course Columbus Police Department. We have many off-duty police officers and we also hired a private security team called Metro Security,” says Rothan.

As many as 200-thousand people are expected to view the parade or participate in it. The parade begins at noon Saturday at the intersection of Broad and High.

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