PVDFest returns and is expected to draw bigger crowds

Bandaloop. Courtesy of pvdfest.com

By Alana Cerrone

acerrone@abc6.com

@Alana_Cerrone

It’s back – PVDFest. The third annual event kicked off Thursday in the capital city.

Last year, 75,000 people poured into downtown for the festivities and this year, organizers are expecting even bigger crowds.

With that comes a big police presence.

Mayor Jorge Elorza says, "We have about 49 police officers out here on different shifts. We also have bomb technicians so were taking every precaution we have bomb-sniffing dogs and things like that."

In the past, the city’s been lucky. They’ve had no arrests, even with the city lifting its open container law for the event.

So they’re bringing that back -letting festival-goers roam around, drink in hand.

"The first time we did it we didn’t know what to expect but we didn’t have any single incidents."

To accommodate those tens of thousands of guests, plus 800 artists, 15 stages, and 30 food vendors, the city has to close down some roads on Saturday, the festival’s busiest day.

For information on city road closures and bus detours, click here. 

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