PrideFest hires over 20 private security personnel for Saturday, in addition to Providence police

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — Less than one week after 31 members of a white supremacist group were arrested near a northern Idaho pride event, Rhode Island is gearing up to host its own festival.

Over 125,000 parade-goers are expected to celebrate in downtown Providence Saturday. This turn-out is anticipated to be larger than past years because of Providence’s two year hiatus from the pandemic.

Parade-goers can expect amped-up security measures, according to pride organizers. An additional 20 plus private security personnel have been hired by Rhode Island Pride. Plus, Providence police will be patrolling for a crowd this large.

A spokesperson with the Providence Police Department said they did not have a specific number of police that will be patrolling the event, but they “will have utilize all resources necessary to ensure the safety of our citizens and spectators throughout the City”.

ABC 6 News is a proud sponsor of the 46th annual PrideFest.

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